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8 reasons why you should start your day with star anise tea

A cup of star anise tea every day can help keep you fit and healthy.

Written by Bhakti Paun Sharma | Published : September 30, 2015 2:25 PM IST

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Star-anise

Indian spices are packed with properties to keep you healthy and fit. One such spice which is used often but hidden in several spice mixes is star anise. From alleviating joint pain to relief from bloating, this spice does it all. Here’s why adding star anise to your daily diet is essential.

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Fungal Infections

फंगल इन्फेक्श के और भी कारण होते हैं जैसे एंटीबॉ‍योटिक दवाओं के साइड इफेक्‍ट, कमजोर प्रतिरक्षा प्रणाली, डायबिटीज, प्रदूषण. © Shutterstock

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Several Diseases

Several diseases: According to reports by Dr. Bhatnagar, School of Biochemistry, M.P. star anise is rich in antioxidants which prevent the free radicals from causing cellular damage, thereby reducing the risk of heart ailments, diabetes and even cancer. Hence star anise should be added to your daily diet to extract maximum benefits. Also Read - Earthquakes: Possible Injuries And Prevention

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Bronchitis

Bronchitis: The antibacterial properties of this spice help in keeping bacteria, that cause bronchitis or asthma, at bay as published in the Journal of Medicinal Food. Being an expectorant, it helps recede the cough and provide relief. Sipping star anise tea or star anise flavoured milk is beneficial.

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Flu

Flu: Shikimic acid present in star anise exhibits antiviral properties which keep flu and fever and bay. In combination with quercetin, which is an antioxidant, the shikimic acid is effective against influenza.  Also Read - Things You Must Not Say To Expecting Moms

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Joint Pain

Rheumatism: Star anise oil is massaged on joints for relief from lower back or joint pain. It is found to be effective against rheumatism too. Star anise oil is available easily or it can be prepared by adding star anise powder to hot olive or coconut oil and allowed to steep.

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Lactation

Lactation: According to Chinese traditional medicine practices, star anise tea or milk is given to new mothers to improve lactation and boost immunity. Anethole present in star anise has an estrogenic effect which promotes hormonal health in women. Also Read - How Cancer Care In India Is Improving?

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Good Sleep

Good sleep: The sedative property of star anise is a surefire tip for a good night’s sleep. Drinking a glass or warm star anise flavoured milk before bedtime can help you sleep better.