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Licorice: Benefit or harm?

Widespread in world medicine licorice root (or licorice) and the rich history of the use of this delicacy in the medical purposes, of course, suggest every fan of licorice candies thinking about the benefits of licorice for man.

The beneficial properties licorice

For several millennia, the licorice is attributed to a number of useful properties.

For example, the licorice roots were found in Tutankhamun’s tomb. Presumably, they had to satisfy the hunger and thirst in the last journey of a Pharaoh. Medical properties of liquorice have been known to the ancient Egyptians. The ancient Greeks and Romans used it not only as a sweetener but also as a remedy in digestive disorders and asthma. Also, traditionally licorice was used to treat diseases of the upper respiratory tract, liver and skin diseases. Modern science agrees with the experience of traditional medicine confirms the healing power of the roots of licorice.

Numerous studies have shown that this wonder plant can even more. Were found confirmation of anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial effect of licorice extract. Liquorice also stimulates the immune system, blocks free radicals and prevents the development of cancer.

The main role here plays glitzirrizinova, which is contained in the root of the shrub.

Other properties of licorice:

Presumably glitzirrizinova acid affects the production of the hormone progestin in the body. According to the research of the Finnish physicians, women who during pregnancy ate a lot of liquorice, give birth on average 2.5 days earlier than others.

Italian scientists say that eating licorice leads to a reduction of subcutaneous fat. Perhaps this is due to goldorak effect of licorice.

In Italy the same results have been obtained, according to which the consumption of licorice can affect potency. Excessive consumption of licorice slows down the enzymes which are responsible for male hormones. The level of testosterone falls and the desire for sex is temporarily reduced.

But according to the American study, women licorice has the opposite effect — the smell of the mixture of licorice and cucumber stimulates women’s sexual desire by increasing the blood flow around the genitals by 14 percent.

Everything in moderation

When using licorice should be a little careful. Glitzirrizinova acid found in licorice root, inhibits enzymes. This can lead to oversaturation of the body with sodium and loss of potassium, leading to increased blood pressure, accumulation of water (edema) and muscle weakness. The German Federal Institute for health protection of consumers and veterinary medicine recommends limiting the consumption of licorice, indicating as the daily norm glitzirrizinova acid 100 mg. is Usually candies made in the EU, correspond to the norm. However, there are also those in which this norm is exceeded. You can find liquorice treats with the content of glicerine over 200 mg per 100 g of product. Regular consumption of sweets in excess of 50g a day can lead to undesirable consequences. Particularly sensitive to this fact should be taken people with high blood pressure, heart disease, circulatory problems and pregnant women.

The consumption of sweets in the recommended amount has a beneficial effect on the body.