The Licorice root has potential antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial effects. Some researchers has suggested that, as a result, it can ease upper respiratory infections, heal ulcers, and help promote digestion, as well as other health benefits.
Licorice has been associated with the flavor of candy by many people, but has a historical use for medicinal purposes, which it has been used for thousands of years. It has been found to grow in such places as Europe, the Mediterranean, and Asia.The extract of Licorice can be up to 50 times sweeter than sugar. This could be the reason why people were inspired to turn it into candy.
Licorice root possesses substantial anti-arthritic activity. Glycyrrhizinic acid provides the anti-inflammatory affects found in Licorice which is related to a release of corticoids from the adrenals and can then be helpful for people with arthritis.
Licorice root normalizes ovulation and women experiencing infrequent menstruation. Licorice stimulate the production of interferon, that is said to be the key to preventing and treating immune response deficiency diseases.
Licorice was recommended for soothing throats and quenching thirst.
Licorice root effects the concentrations of blood salts and stimulates and sustains adrenal function, yet protects the liver which is the bodys detoxification plant ensuring its purity from liver diseases, such as cirrhosis and hepatitis.
Licorice contains a natural hormone that will replace cortisone. It induces the adrenal cortex to produce larger amounts of cortisone and aldosterone. Licorice root acts in the body like the cortin hormone and assist in helping the body handle the stress, allowing blood sugar levels to remain normal giving a general feeling of well-being. Glycyrrhizin, one of the compounds found in Licorice, has a chemical structure similar to that of human steroid hormones. It helps to raise blood sugar levels to normal.
Licorice stimulates adrenal function without depleting them.
Perhaps the most common medicinal use is in cough syrups and cough drops. Licorice sues the chest and helps to bring up phlegm.
It soothes and heal inclined mucus
membranes of the respiratory tract.
Additional Health Benefits
Colds ( Licorice root acts as a demucolent, a soothing, coating agent, and as an expectorant, meaning it helps get rid of phlegm.)
Coughs ( As a expectorant and demulcent, it has the capability to sooth your airways while loosening and thinning mucus. It will also help ease congestion and inflammation that could have your throat irritated.)
Diabetes ( Licorice root contains substances with an anti-diabetic effect. Amorfrutins in this root reduces blood sugar, they are also anti-inflammatory and are very well tolerated by the body.)
Energy ( The cortisol sparing effect of Licorice helps in maintaining energy levels which can help one to better adapt in stressful situations. It is also great for herbal remedy for supporting and protecting liver function, this also increases energy production.)
Herpes ( Studies have indicated that Licorice and it’s constituents can perform an antiviral activity against HSV that will permanently inactivate the virus.
This could be the results in the various components that are included in this plant, this also shows that glycyrrhizic acid and activate HSV particles.)