Harnessing the natural power of this sweet and fragrant Mediterranean root, licorice/liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) offers a myriad of advantages that span centuries of medicinal wisdom and contemporary scientific discovery.
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- Licorice extract can lower severity and frequency of hot flashes in menopause
Licorice may offer protection against ulcers caused by NSAIDs.
- Licorice root extract helps ulcers heal and inhibits growth of H. pylori bacteria
- Licorice root boosts mood by holding flavonoids that inhibit serotonin re-uptake
- May mitigate mild to moderate depression in pre- and post-menopausal women
- May offer promise for cardiovascular disease prevention in postmenopausal women
- Liquorice extract works like estrogen, helping create DNA in blood vessel lining cells.
- This influences the behavior of smooth muscle cells found in blood vessel walls.
Liquorice DGL and side effects
Glycyrrhizinates, compounds found in liquorice, at high doses, can lead to various side effects such as:
- high blood pressure
- low blood potassium levels
- hormonal changes
To avoid these side effects, scientists have discovered a solution. Removing glycyrrhizin from liquorice doesn't diminish its effectiveness in relieving ulcer symptoms and inhibiting the growth of H. pylori bacteria. This modified liquorice is called deglycyrrhizinated licorice, or DGL.
Coating aspirin with licorice reduced rat ulcers by half, while combining DGL with cimetidine further lowered stomach damage, and human aspirin takers with DGL had less blood loss.
DGL may activate defense mechanisms aidng in preventing ulcer development, promoting healing of the stomach's damaged lining.