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Phytother Res. 2002 Feb;16(1):94-5.

Antimicrobial properties of star anise (Illicium verum Hook f).

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  • 1Department of Biochemistry, University College of Science, 35 Ballygunge Circular Road, Calcutta 700 019, India.


Star anise (Illicium verum Hook f) has been shown to possess potent antimicrobial properties. Chemical studies indicate that a major portion of this antimicrobial property is due to anethole present in the dried fruit. Studies with isolated anethole (compared with standard anethole) indicated that it is effective against bacteria, yeast and fungal strains.

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