Licorice can benefit your health in so many ways 17



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There’s no doubt you’ve eaten licorice at some time in your life. The opinion of the taste is very divided, with some saying it’s delicious and others saying it’s awful. Despite that, licorice has great benefits for your health, and doesn’t have to be consumed just as a long strip or in all-sorts.

Licorice root has been used for centuries for its medicinal benefits. In fact, the early Egyptians loved licorice root and used it in tea as a cure-all. Licorice was later imported to the Chinese and also became an important herb in their medicinal tradition.

The benefits of licorice

1. Soothes gastrointestinal issues

Licorice root is great to calm food poisoning, stomach ulcers, and heartburn. It can also speed up the repair of the stomach’s lining and restore balance thanks to the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties of glycyrrhizic acid.

2. Cleanses your respiratory system

Licorice is also recommended to treat respiratory problems. Taking licorice as an oral supplement can help the production of healthy mucus. While it may seem like the opposite is true, the production of clean, healthy phlegm keeps the respiratory system functioning.

3. Reduces stress

Over time, stress can leave the adrenal gland exhausted however the adrenal gland can get relief with the support of licorice supplements. Root extract stimulates the adrenal gland can be stimulated to promote a healthy level of cortisol within the body.

4. Protects your teeth

You may have noticed topical gels include licorice. This is because licorice contains antibacterial properties, making it an effective treatment to apply to the site of tooth decay.

5. Depression

There is research that shows that the Glycyrrhizic acid in licorice root can help with nervousness and depression by encouraging the function of the adrenal glands.

6. High cholesterol

Licorice root may control the cholesterol ranges by enhancing the body’s flow of bile. There is research to indicate that bile acids can eliminate excess cholesterol in your body.

7. Skin problems

Licorice root is successful in treating eczema, skin rashes, psoriasis, and itchy and dry skin. This is largely due to the anti-inflammatory agents in licorice root. To harness the benefits, make a salve from licorice root and apply onto the area 2 to 3 times daily.

8. Shingles

Licorice root extract is wonderful for treating herpes simplex, sores, and shingles. An easy treatment for shingles and herpes would be to ingest a capsule of this root extract 2 times a day.

Side effects

The long-term consumption of licorice root might cause hypertension, hypokalemia (low blood potassium levels), cataracts, and the retention of fluid in the body. To avoid these issues, consume only what is recommended on the supplement bottle or packet.

Forms of licorice

Liquid: Licorice extract is the most commonly found form of licorice and is what is used to flavour lollies.

Powder: Licorice powder can be purchased at health food stores and can be combined with a gel base to create a topical ointment that clears the skin. The recommended dosage of licorice root is less than 75 milligrams per day, according to the WHO guidelines.

Tea: Licorice plant leaves, dried and crushed into a tea leaf form, have become a popular herbal tea and these teas can be purchased at supermarkets and health food stores. It is not recommended that individuals ingest more than 250ml (1 cup) of licorice tea a day.

Tell us, do you love licorice?


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  1. Yes I do love licorice. I think it goes back to when I was a little girl. My Grandad loved licorice and always had a bag of licorice pieces and licorice all sorts in the cupboard. Yum yum.

  2. Yes I love licorice eat too much maybe

  3. Love licorice, problem is most of the confectionery licorice is full of sugar and molasses,flavoured with licorice. My mum gave us as a treet licorice root was delicious.

  4. Love licorice, problem is most of the confectionery licorice is full of sugar and molasses,flavoured with licorice. My mum gave us as a treet licorice root was delicious.

  5. We used to have licorice root as children, looks awaful in a stick, but getting it soft in your mouth, mouth getting yellow..what child would refuse it!

  6. We used to eat licorice in UK during WW2 when you couldn’t get sweets. We called it ‘sticky lice’ We loved it.

  7. I used to love licorice in confectionary but now have to be very careful to avoid allergic reactions such as swollen tongue, lips, throat and fingers from additives. Why, oh why, do the confectionary companies have to change old favourites by adding all sorts of chemicals?

    Be aware that high consumption of licorice can lower testosterone levels.

  8. not sure about the licorice I buy from the supermarket which is mostly the new culprit – sugar ?

  9. As a youngster in the North East of England in the 50’s it was quite common to get a stick of licorice root to chew on, it was seen as a bit of a treat, the flavour and benefits were there and you ended up with a chewed up “twig” my recall is that l loved it and to this day eat licorice often, l also enjoy sarsaparilla soft drink and anything licorice flavoured including ice cream and the “salted” Dutch licorice.

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