Licorice root is an ancient herb that is used in making candy. Its sweet flavor is known to all, as it is a household name for sweet treats. Apart from its use in sweets, it is also provides many health related benefits.
According to the journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, an extract of licorice root is effective against functional dyspepsia, which involves heartburn, acid reflux, nausea, indigestion & stomach pain.
Leaky gut syndrome can be difficult to tackle with. Since, licorice root is anti inflammatory and a soothing herb, it is effective against ulcers and can be beneficial as a supplement for leaky gut syndrome.
In today’s busy evironment, we have accumulated so much of environmental, physical and mental stress that our adrenal glands have been worked out. According to the journal Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, licorice was found to help the body in regulating cortisol — the stress hormone, thus relieving chronic fatigue.
Licorice has antiviral and antimicrobial properties and helps boost immunity. It helps the body prepare against disease like HIV, Hepatitis C and influenza.
It also plays a great role in relieving cough and cold. The root also coats the throat with a thin layer of mucus to protect the delicate tissues in it. It helps clear congestion from lungs and bronchial tubes thereby helping bring up phlegm.
Licorice root has the same effect in women as estrogen, thus helping with menstrual and fertility related problems. It offers relief from menstrual cramps. In one particular study, it was found that licorice effectively reduced the duration of hot flashes during menopause.
An American research shows that Licorice can protect against carcinogenic DNA damage. It also induces the death of cancer cells, while protecting healthy cells in the process. Studies reveal that it can benefit those suffering from prostate cancer.
Molecules in licorice root are believed to contain anti-diabetic properties. These molecules are easily tolerated by the human body. In a study conducted on diabetic rats who were given licorice extract, a drop in their blood sugar levels was observed. Glabridin and amorfrutin, are responsible for this benefit.