Licorice refers to the root of a plant Glycyrrhiza glabra which is native to Europe and Asia. Also known as “sweet root”, it is used as a sweetener in beverages and candies. Licorice root has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties in supporting the function of many glands, may increase fertility in women, and may help with hormonal imbalance.* It has also been used topically because it may help in conditions like eczema, itchiness, and swelling.*
Licorice contains more than 20 triterpenoids and 300 flavonoids. In recent years, studies have reported the presence of anti-tumor, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties.* There are chemicals in licorice that may decrease swelling, thin mucous secretions, and decrease cough.*
Licorice is used to support gastrointestinal health with issues like food poisoning, stomach ulcers, and heartburn.* One study indicates components found within the licorice root, such as beta-sitosterol and glycyrrhizic acid, provide anti-ulcer properties.* (1)
Licorice supplements may help the body produce healthy, clean mucus.* The production of clean mucous keeps the respiratory system functioning without old sticky mucus clogging it.* (2)
Cortisol is a hormone that the adrenal gland produces when the body is stressed. High levels of stress can overwork the adrenal glands so that they can no longer produce as much cortisol as the body demands. This problem is known as adrenal fatigue syndrome. Licorice contains a powerful compound called glycyrrhizic acid that helps reduce the amount of cortisol being broken down by the body.* (3)
Licorice has well known antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti inflammatory properties.* Licorice extracts may be beneficial in the prevention of oral diseases like cavities, periodontitis, gingivitis, bad breath, recurrent canker sores, and oral cancer.* It has sometimes been used in root canal medications.* (4)
Due to its estrogenic properties, licorice may be useful for female fertility conditions.* It is thought to help regulate ovulation in women with irregular periods and may improve the quality of cervical mucus.* Taking licorice supplements orally may considerably reduce menopause symptoms like hot flashes.* (5)
You should always consult your health care provider before starting any herbal supplements or products. *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.