Before you get to the liquorice section in this catalogue, here is information about liquorice and it’s many health benefits.
Liquorice, scientifically known as Glycyrrhiza glabra, is a legume that has been cultivated for its valuable roots for thousands of years. Once believed to hold mystic healing powers, the liquorice root was used as a cure-all in many ancient civilisations, from Egypt to China. These days, liquorice root is best known for its use in flavouring confectionery. This is no surprise, as liquorice contains the compound glycrrhizin, which is fifty times sweeter than table sugar! Although liquorice grows naturally in the Mediterranean, it is also cultivated as a plant crop in many other regions, such as the United Kingdom, Russia, and the Middle East.
What may come as a surprise, however, is that this same super-sweet substance is now scientifically recognised for its medicinal value and multiplicity of health benefits. In fact, just last year liquorice was dubbed the “Medicinal plant of 2012.” In accordance with several research studies published in the past three years, liquorice is hailed as a remedial substance for ailments such as inflammatory stomach conditions, indigestion, sore throat, and—most recently—even diabetes.
This fact sheet provides basic information about licorice root--common names, uses, potential side effects, and resources for more information. Most licorice is grown in Greece, Turkey, and Asia. Licorice contains a compound called glycyrrhizin (or glycyrrhizic acid).
What It Is Used For
Licorice root has been used as a dietary supplementA product that contains vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and/or other ingredients intended to supplement the diet. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has special labeling requirements for dietary supplements and treats them as foods, not drugs. for stomach ulcers, bronchitis, and sore throat, as well as infections caused by viruses, such as hepatitis.