Licorice, also known as Licorish/Liqourice grows wild in some part of Europe, Asia and Middle East.
it has an extensive branching root system and it can grow up to 3-7 feet high.
Licorice roots, which are the dried and un-peeled roots of the herb Glycyrrhiza glabra are widely
used in Asia and Europe as a sweetener and a spice for many years now.
Licorice has also been used medically for more than 3000 years, and a wide range of therapeutic
effect was ascribed thereto.
Licorice roots contain a wide range of active ingredients the were studied for their health benefits.
LICORICE HEALTH BENEFITS
In the traditional therapies, Licorice root was used for verious conditions such as :
Gastric and duodenal ulcers, bronchitis, coughs, arthritis.
In the last 20 year, medical research expended into new areas of intrest- Hyperlipidemia, LDL oxidation
and atherosclerosis Diabetes, and Menopause.
What's in LICORICE that makes
it good for your health?
Glycyrrhizinic acid, contained in Licorice root, was attributed several pharmacological activities, such as anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and anti hepatotoxic activity. However, the traditional Licorice extract, and in particular Glycyrrhizinic acid, were also shown to cause hypertension, and this sever side effect considerably reduced their use.
The Licorice root contains as well a high quantity of antioxidants such as polyphenolic isoflavone antioxidant (Glabridin).Studies show that the polyphenolic antioxidant sourced from Licorice has
a beneficial effect on Hyperlipidemia, LDL oxidation and atherosclerosis. (1-4)
What's the best way
to consume LICORICE ROOT extract?
You can add Licorice to your food, drink it as tea or ground it into powder but the best way to get all health benefits of Licorish are to take it as a supplement which contain licorice extract in the form of
licorice DGL-Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice.
Click here if you want to know what are the benefits of Licorice DGL extract.
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Fuhrman B., Buch S., Vaya J., Belinky P.A., Coleman R., Hayek T.and Aviram M. Licorice extract and its major polyphenol glabridin protect low density lipoprotein against lipid peroxidation: in vitro and ex vivo studies in humans and in atherosclerotic apolipoprotein E -deficient mice. Am J Clin Nutr 66:267-275 (1997).
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