Star anise (Illicium verum) is an evergreen tree with star-shaped fruit that is used throughout Asia as a culinary spice for its strong, pungent and mildly sweet taste and as a traditional medicine for its antiviral effects. Star anise contains bioactive compounds including phenolic and flavonoid compounds with wide therapeutic actions including, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-parasitic, secretolytic, antinociceptive, anti-inflammatory, gastroprotective, sedative, expectorant, spasmolytic and estrogenic properties. Star anise is a good natural source of shikimic acid, which is used to manufacture the antiviral medication oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) and may neutralize the damaging effects of spike protein and counteract blood clot formation.
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