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Organic Licorice Root 120ct

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When most people hear the word "licorice" they think of candy. Historically, licorice root was used to flavor black licorice candy, but now, anise is, despite the candy retaining the name of "licorice." Confectionary history aside, licorice root has been believed to be beneficial in promoting overall health and wellness of the male and female body. Licorice root can be found growing wild in parts of Asia and Europe and has been used traditionally for medicinal purposes for centuries.

Demulcent and expectorant
Licorice root is most well known as a demulcent (a substance used internally to soothe and protect damaged tissue) and an expectorant (a substance useful in assisting the expulsion of mucous from the respiratory tract). The demulcent effect of licorice root can be especially helpful in addressing pain, discomfort and irritation of the bowels, offering relief and protection from intestinal pain and irritation. Although these are the most popular and recognized uses of licorice root, licorice root has countless other benefits.

Reproductive health
Licorice root is believed to contain weak estrogenic properties which may help address female reproductive concerns. Licorice root is believed to help alleviate reproductive health related symptoms associated with conditions such as endometriosis, premature ovarian failure and auto-immune disorders in both men and women. Licorice root may also help to reduce the presence of anti-sperm antibodies in both men and women, which may promote the odds of successful conception. Licorice root also contains isoflavones and is considered a phytoestrogen. Although not the same as estrogens found in the human body, phytoestrogens are believed to function in a similar manner, and have weak estrogenic effects on the human body. Licorice root may be especially beneficial in regulating symptoms associated with menopause and premenstrual syndrome, such as hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, muscle cramps, and fatigue.

Liver health
Licorice root is believed to promote liver health due to the compound glycyrrhizic acid, which is found in licorice root. This compound is believed to be hepaprotective, meaning it is believed to protect the liver from damaging substances, such as medications, alcohol, pesticides and other chemicals that may enter the body. Liver health has a direct effect on overall health and wellness because the liver is responsible for helping maintain balance in the body, removing excess hormones and toxins that may interfere with normal function. Licorice root is also believed to improve cholesterol levels due to the promotion of healthy bile flow and production, which assists the body in the removal of excess cholesterol from the body and prevents the buildup of arterial plaque.

Immune and endocrine support
Licorice root is believed to provide powerful support to the immune and endocrine systems. Licorice root is commonly used among individuals with auto-immune disorders in an attempt to reduce excessive immune response in the body. Many health and fertility issues, such as premature ovarian failure, endometriosis, anti-sperm antibodies in men and women, recurrent miscarriage and a blood clotting disorder known as thrombophilia, are associated with auto-immune disorders. Licorice root is believed to be especially beneficial in treating stress-related problems and conditions, due to the powerful support licorice root offers to the hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal glands.

Depression
Glycyrrhizic acid, the same substance in licorice root that is believed to improve the health and function of the liver, is also believed to help alleviate and address symptoms associated with depression and anxiety by promoting the ability of the adrenal glands to regulate stress-related hormones such as cortisol.

Skin
Licorice root is believed to help alleviate the symptoms associated with certain skin conditions when used internally or topically. Conditions such as rash, psoriasis, itchy flaky skin and dandruff may show improvement with the use of licorice root. Licorice root may also help to reduce and improve the appearance of acne on the face and body. Licorice root is also believed to assist in the treatment of herpes, cold sores and shingles, delaying the return of outbreaks and reducing the severity of outbreaks when they occur.

Weight management
Some studies suggest that the use of licorice root may help to reduce the amount of body fat. The use of licorice root alongside a healthy well-balanced diet and regular exercise may assist with weight loss efforts.

Contraindications
Licorice root should not be used over prolonged period of time or in excessive amounts unless under the direct supervision of a qualified healthcare provider. Licorice root is contraindicated in individuals with diabetes, hypertension, liver disorders, severe kidney insufficiency, and hypokalemia.

Disclaimer: All information presented on this page is intended for informational purposes only. We strongly recommend speaking to a qualified healthcare provider before beginning any herbal supplement.

 

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