The all-powerful liquorice root, used both as a flavouring and as a medicinal herb, tastes 30-50 times sweeter than sugar and hides some truly powerful antiviral compounds. But what exactly is it and what are the health benefits of liquorice root?
Let’s take a closer look – what is liquorice root?
Liquorice or liquorice root (Glyzyrrhiza glabra) is the root of a purple-flowered herb of the alkaloid family that grows up to 2 metres tall. The plant itself is widespread in the Mediterranean as well as in southern Europe and Asia. This powerful plant has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of health problems such as coughs, colds and digestive problems. Liquorice root is also important in Chinese medicine. Today, the healing properties of liquorice have also been confirmed by science, which is why liquorice root can be found in the ingredients of many cough suppressants and digestive aids. However, liquorice root is most effective when consumed in its pure form – as a powder, tea or extract – as this is how it is most beneficial.
But what is liquorice root’s secret weapon?
What makes liquorice root particularly powerful is its antiviral ingredient, glycyrrhizin, which is an extremely powerful tool in the fight against viruses. Glycyrrhizin has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune-boosting properties, preventing viruses from replicating in the body at an early stage and blocking pathogens from entering cells. Thanks to glycyrrhizin, liquorice root can help prevent and cure diseases.
In terms of nutritional value, liquorice root is:
- high in vitamins B and E;
- rich in minerals such as calcium, potassium, selenium, magnesium and zinc;
- rich in phytonutrients, including beta-carotene, phenol, thymol and quercetin.
For which health problems should you reach for liquorice root?
Licorice root is effective both in respiratory diseases and as a digestive aid. Licorice root is particularly effective in case of irritable bowel syndrome, soothing irritated mucous membranes and reducing bloating.
Due to its glycyrrhizin content, licorice root has a strong antiviral effect, effectively making it an effective remedy for following viruses and health problems caused by viruses:
- herpes simplex virus;
- influenza viruses;
- chickenpox virus;
- Ebstein-Barr virus;
- hepatitis B;
- hepatitis C;
- hepatitis E;
- respiratory diseases (bronchitis, pneumonia);
- gastrointestinal diseases;
- chronic fatigue syndrome;
- Lyme disease;
- skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis;
- adrenal fatigue;
- dizziness (vertigo);
- PMS symptoms such as breast tenderness, irritability and bloating;
- nerve pains in the jaw, neck and shoulders.
Likewise, liquorice root can also provide relief from many other autoimmune conditions. In addition, liquorice root is also effective in supporting liver function and is helpful in cases of low blood pressure and weight problems.
Licorice root as an adrenal gland restorer
Licorice root is also crucial for the adrenal glands, bringing them out of their tired state and increasing their performance. In this way, liquorice root helps to maintain the body’s energy levels and increase resistance to stressful situations.
Who are liquorice root capsules for?
Licorice capsules are suitable for anyone who wants to recover from any of the previously mentioned health problems, support liver function and boost their immune system. Licorice root is particularly effective during the virus season, when our body needs a boost.
Why choose liquorice capsules?
Licorice root is available in the form of tea, capsules and tincture. In some cases, you can also find preparations with other ingredients in addition to liquorice root. However, as liquorice root works most effectively in its pure form, it is best to choose a product that contains only liquorice root in its basic composition, without any additives. Capsules made from pure liquorice root powder are therefore the most convenient way to support your immunity. The capsules are convenient to consume, wherever you are. If you’re trying to keep up with the fast pace of life, travel frequently or spend a lot of time away from home, you can just pack the capsules in your bag and take them with you wherever you go. That way, you’ll always have herbal power with you!
What should you know before taking liquorice root capsules?
Although there are no contraindications to licorice root for the most part, caution should be exercised in the case of high blood pressure as licorice root can raise blood pressure if consumed consistently. Also, liquorice root is not suitable for consumption in combination with diuretics, in pregnancy, and for hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast, uterine, ovarian cancer and fibroids.
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