7 Health Benefits and Uses of Anise Seed
Anise, also called aniseed or Pimpinella anisum, is a plant that hails from the same family as carrots, celery and parsley.
It can grow up to 3 feet (1 meter) tall and produces flowers and a small white fruit known as anise seed.
Anise has a distinct, licorice-like taste and is often used to add flavor to desserts and drinks.
It’s also known for its powerful health-promoting properties and acts as a natural remedy for a wide variety of ailments.
Here are 7 benefits and uses of anise seed, backed by science.
Though anise seed is used in relatively small amounts, it packs a good amount of several important micronutrients into each serving.
In particular, anise seed is rich in iron, which is vital for the production of healthy blood cells in your body (1).
It also contains a small amount of manganese, a key mineral that acts as an antioxidant and is necessary for metabolism and development ( 2 ).
One tablespoon (7 grams) of anise seed provides approximately ( 3 ):
- Calories: 23
- Protein: 1 gram
- Fat: 1 gram
- Carbs: 3 grams
- Fiber: 1 gram
- Iron: 13% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
- Manganese: 7% of the RDI
- Calcium: 4% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 3% of the RDI
- Phosphorus: 3% of the RDI
- Potassium: 3% of the RDI
- Copper: 3% of the RDI
However, keep in mind that most recipes will likely call for less than a tablespoon.
Summary Anise seed is low in calories but contains a good amount of several important minerals, including iron, manganese and calcium.
Depression is a common yet debilitating condition that affects up to 25% of women and 12% of men around the world ( 4 ).
Interestingly, some research has found that anise seed may help treat depression.
One study showed that anise seed extract exhibited powerful antidepressant properties in mice and was as effective as a common prescription medication used to treat depression ( 5 ).
What’s more, in another study in 107 people, taking 3 grams of anise seed powder three times daily was effective at reducing symptoms of postpartum depression ( 6 ).
Similarly, in a four-week study in 120 people, taking a capsule with 200 mg of anise oil three times daily significantly decreased symptoms of mild to moderate depression, compared to a control group ( 7 ).
Summary Human and animal studies reveal that anise seed may help reduce symptoms of depression and may be as effective as some types of antidepressants.
Anise seed, or aniseed, is often used to add flavor to desserts and drinks, but it's also known for its powerful health-promoting properties. Here are 7 benefits and uses of anise seed.
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