Licorice has a characteristic sweet taste due to a sweetener, the glycyrrhizinic acid, This substance is 50 times sweeter than sugar…
Most licorice is grown in Greece, Turkey, and Asia. Licorice Root contains a lot of healthy compounds like: Glycyrrhizic acid, plant sterols, flavonoids, coumarins, volatile oils, glycosides, asparagine and anethole.
Licorice root has an impressive list of well documented uses and has been used in both Eastern and Western medicine. is also known as sweet root and Gan Zao in Chinese. In the 1st century physician Dioscorides gave the botanical name. The Roman Pliny recommended the consumption of liquorice to combat hoarseness of the voice and the alleviation of hunger and thirst.
In the 13th century, liquorice extract used as a remedy for sore throats, coughs and congestion. In the 18th century, Napoleon Bonaparte chewed licorice as a remedy for his stomach problems. Arabs used it as a cough suppressant. Theophrastus, in the 3rd century, found that it is one of the best treatments for asthma and dry cough. Today Licorice root is used for a variety of conditions.
Licorice Root Benefits:
1) Stomach ulcers:
Licorice root is still suggested as a treatment for stomach ulcers.
Study found that licorice gel helped to relieve symptoms like itching, swelling and so on.
3) GERD and Chronic Gastritis:
(DGL), can also be an effective acid reflux and chronic gastritis treatment.
4) Upper respiratory infections:
Some people still use licorice for sore throat, bronchitis, cough, and respiratory infections.
5) Licorice Root its known for its antiinflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic and antioxidant activity.