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Licorice root, also known as sweet root, is known mostly for its use as a sweetener in candies and beverages. However, licorice root has also been used for centuries for its medicinal benefits. It’s important to note that some of these benefits are not proven by medical research. However, the overall holistic benefits of licorice root are becoming more accepted in the medical community. Licorice is available in many forms, either containing glycyrrhizin or as DGL, deglycyrrhizinated licorice.
History of Licorice Root
The early Egyptians loved licorice root and used it in tea as a cure-all concoction. Licorice was later imported to the Chinese and also became an important herb in their medicinal tradition. The word “licorice” actually refers to the root of a plant called Glycyrrhiza glabra, which is native to Europe and Asia. In fact, the plant is classified in those areas as a weed.
Here are its benefits.
Soothes Your Stomach
Licorice root has been used to soothe gastrointestinal problems. In cases of food poisoning, stomach ulcers, and heartburn, licorice root extract can speed repair of the stomach’s lining and restore balance. This is due to the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties of glycyrrhizic acid. Studies claim that glycyrrhic acid can suppress the toxic bacteria H. pylori, and can even prevent it from growing in the gut. However, research also shows that patients suffering from peptic ulcer disease, heartburn, and gastritis have improved symptoms when taking DGL. DGL is the safer form of licorice and is able to be taken over the long term if needed.
Cleanses Your Respiratory System
Licorice is also recommended to treat respiratory problems. Taking licorice as an oral supplement can help the production of healthy mucus. Although increasing phlegm production seems counterintuitive to a healthy bronchial system, the opposite is actually true. The production of clean, healthy phlegm keeps the respiratory system functioning without old, sticky mucus clogging it up.
Over time, stress can leave the adrenal gland exhausted by the constant work of producing adrenaline and cortisol. The adrenal gland can get relief with the support of licorice supplements. The adrenal gland can be stimulated and balanced by licorice root extract, which promotes a healthy level of cortisol within the body.
Assists Cancer Treatment
Some studies say licorice root can potentially aid the treatment of breast and prostate cancers. It’s already being incorporated into some Chinese practices for cancer treatment. The FDA has yet to approve such treatment methods in the United States, but, according to the American Cancer Society, research is ongoing.
Protects Your Skin and Teeth
Topical gels including licorice are recommended for the treatment of eczema. Licorice is often used as a successful dermatological treatment due to its antibacterial properties. Along that line of reasoning, holistic health practitioners often suggest applying licorice treatment to the site of tooth decay to kill bacteria.
Piping Rock® alcohol-free extracts are produced using alcohol, water and natural extractants. All alcohol and extractants are then removed through a proprietary cold extraction process, yielding a liquid extract. Processed in our cGMP facility.
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