Health Benefits of Licorice
Licorice is a leguminous plant, glycyrrhiza glabra, which is the native to Southern Europe and certain parts of Asia. It is a perennial herb and is the most popular consumed herbs in the world. It has been used since ancient times by Chinese for more than 5,000 years. The roots of licorice contain a sweet substance that is 50 – 100 times sweeter than table sugar.
Licorice has antioxidant, antiviral, fungicidal and expectorant properties. It also contains sodium, magnesium and phytochemicals to larger extent. There are a wide range of health benefits offered by licorice.
Peptic Ulcers –
Scientific studies revealed that licorice is a very effective drug in treating peptic ulcers. It is the most preferred treatment for peptic ulcers since ancient times in Europe. It produces no side effects like any other drugs used to treat ulcers.
HIV Infection –
Licorice is effective in treating HIV related disease conditions. It slows down the progression of HIV to AIDS. It stimulates the activity of interferon that will help the body in fighting against the virus.
Skin Problems –
Licorice available in topical form produces similar effects to hydro-cortisone. It helps fight against skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema or dermatitis. It speeds up the healing process of the sores and thus reduces the discomfort and pain produced by the affected skin.
Licorice is effective in treating both acute and chronic hepatitis. Licorice contains a compound called, glycyrrhizin that is found to be beneficial in treating both hepatitis B and hepatitis C patients in Japan.
Menstrual Problems –
Licorice helps in treating menstrual problems related to high estrogen levels. It produces mild estrogen effect and thus, balances the estrogen levels in the body.
Other Health Benefits –
Licorice is also effective in treating health ailments like respiratory problems such as bronchitis, asthma and cough, chronic fatigue syndrome and balances cholesterol levels in the body.