Licorice root, also known as the sweet root, is used as a sweetener in candies and drinks. Licorice root is being used for centuries due to its medicinal benefits.
Licorice is found in many forms, it contains either glycyrrhizin or as deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL).
How to use licorice root?
Licorice powder is easily found in stores or online. Licorice added with a gel base can help in clearing the skin. And licorice powder is specifically helpful in treating eczema and acne.
Licorice supplements and chewable tablets
You can also sprinkle the powder into vegetable capsules and take it orally.
As per World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, the recommended licorice root dosage should be not more than 75 milligrams per day.
- Liquid extract
Licorice extract is the most commonly used as a commercial sweetener in candies and beverages.
Note- Licorice extract consumption should not exceed 30 mg/mL of glycyrrhizic acid. It might cause unwanted side effects.
A safer and good form of licorice is DGL with glycyrrhizin removed. DGL should contain no more than 2% of glycyrrhizin. This form is only recommended for gastrointestinal problems.
It is advised to not take more than 5 grams of DGL per day.
- Licorice Tea
Dried Licorice plant leaves are crushed into a tea; used to promote digestive, respiratory, and adrenal gland health. Usually, herbal teas named as “cleanse and detox” and “bronchial wellness” contains licorice extract.
A famous throat remedy known as Throat Coat tea is a mixture of licorice root, marshmallow root, and elm bark.
It is advised to not take more than 8 ounces of licorice tea per day.
Here are few health benefits of licorice root-
- Licorice Helps with Menopausal Symptoms
Licorice root is beneficial for women undergoing menopausal symptoms. It works as a hormone replacement therapy (HRT). It helps by reducing hot flash duration, but it does not reduce hot flash severity.
Glabridin, liquiritigenin, and glabrene found in licorice have estrogen which can help women who are having low estrogen levels during menopause.
- Soothes your stomach
Licorice root has immune-boosting properties of glycyrrhizic acid which can suppress the toxic bacteria and is used to cure gastrointestinal problems. Its root extract can speed the repair our digestive tract. In case of any problem such as food poisoning, stomach ulcers, acidity, and heartburn, you can use Licorice root tea. It has been found that all of these symptoms are been improved by taking DGL. DGL is the safer form of licorice.
- Protects your skin and teeth
Licorice root supplements are recommended for treating eczema (itchy and inflamed skin). Licorice has antibacterial properties which is why it is used in dermatological treatment. Some studies suggest for applying licorice in case of tooth decay to kill bacteria. Also helps in healing gut inflammation and mouth ulcers.
- Reduce risks of cardiovascular diseases
An individual suffering from high cholesterol can decrease total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and blood pressure levels due to regular consumption deglycyrrhizinated licorice.
Due to anti-oxidative properties of licorice helps in healing the damage of the heart tissue and also provide faster recovery.
However, licorice contains glycyrrhizic acid which might cause increased blood pressure and makes our body excrete more potassium. Therefore, continuous consumption of licorice might worsen heart conditions.
- Licorice helps you sleep
Glycyrrhiza glabra, a type of licorice root, can help you induce sleep and increase sleep duration.
- Cleanses your respiratory system
Licorice is advised to cure respiratory related problems. Licorice can help our body to produce healthy mucus. The manufacturing of phlegm keeps our respiratory system in proper functioning without mucus blocking it.
- Licorice protects the brain
Treatment with DGL asperin C containing Glabridin (a flavonoid) does the following benefits to our body
- Stops the inflammatory event in the brain
- Prevents nerve cell death
- Increased antioxidant levels in the brain.
- Help shield the brain from stroke-related injuries.
- Reduces brain damage
- Prevents nerve cell death
- Lowers DNA damage
- Prevents oxidative damage in the brain
- Reduce diabetes which is a cause memory loss.
- Improves brain function
- Prevents diseases like Alzheimer’s, dementia, and multiple sclerosis
- Assists cancer treatment
A research found that licorice root can assist your body in the curing of breast and prostate cancers. It is yet to be approved by FDA about treatment methods in the United States. Polysaccharide, found in licorice prevents cancer cells from growing.
“Bad estrogens” can cause cancer. Liquiritigenin found in licorice may act like “good estrogen” and prevent cancer. It helps in binding to estrogen receptors and also stimulates muscle cell formation.
- Protect against auto-immune and inflammatory diseases
Licorice contains anti-inflammatory properties
Licorice extract elevates T cells in mice, which shields against autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.
Licorice contains Ethanol extract which helps in reducing alcohol-induced liver injury in mice by soothing liver inflammation.
- Reduces stress
Stress can make adrenal gland produce adrenaline and cortisol. Licorice root can give the adrenal gland some relief. Licorice root supplements can maintain the adrenal gland, which promotes a healthy cortisol in the body.
- Licorice may help with weight loss
Licorice contains flavonoid oil which helps in weight loss by boosting oxidation during even at a little bit of exercise.
Licorice root powder has also been found beneficial in reducing body weight gain.
- Helps in treating Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Treatment with spironolactone and licorice can help reduce polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) symptoms in women.
Women suffering from PCOS, licorice contains glycyrrhetinic acid which can lower testosterone levels while prompting regular ovulation. Licorice has estrogen effects that can help treat PCOS.
- Licorice may help with infections
Licorice has antioxidant properties such as antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties which stimulate the immune system. It controls the growth of bacteria.
Other health benefits of licorice root-
- Benefit male infertility
- Cures atopic Dermatitis
- Cures Hepatitis in liver
- Effective for lightening skin
- Treat Rosacea
- Treat Swollen Glands
- Grow Thick Hair and Control Hair Fall
- Treat Measles
- Treat Tonsillitis
- Helps in getting rid of Corns in a foot
- Treat Genital Herpes
- Treat Hoarseness
- Improve skin peeling in patients with Psoriasis
- Improve Stomach Ulcer symptoms
- Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Treat Chest Congestion
- Recover quickly after surgery
- Reduce muscle cramps in people with liver disease
- Reduces bleeding during surgery
- Remove Freckles
- Treat Asthma
- Treat Bronchitis
- Treat Earaches
- Whitens Teeth
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