Licorice is a plant well known, especially for its famous use in the manufacture of licorice candies, which are very popular in the candy markets.
Licorice belongs to the Fabaceae family. It is native to Mediterranean Europe and Asia Minor and this type of plant usually grows in humid places.
Besides its gastronomic uses due to its bittersweet taste, it has many properties that make licorice (also called Glycyrrhiza glabra) an excellent plant for health.
Properties and benefits of licorice.
Licorice has a triterpene saponoside called glycyrrin, which is its main component.
Glycyrrhin is important because it is a natural sweetener and also acts as a stabilizer on the body so that it does not make you fat or add added sugars to the body.
It contains flavonoids, such as beta-carotenes, glabrone, glabrol, isoliquiritigenin, formononetin, glyzarin, glycirol, liquoricone and licoflavonol.
Flavonoids are secondary metabolites which found in fruits and vegetables.
These possess anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties in the body, they contain antioxidants which protect the body from free radicals, improve allergies, circulation, improve heart health, protect the stomach, improve the liver and lower blood pressure. cholesterol, and also lower cholesterol. symptoms of arthritis and also improves the function of vitamin C.
It has saponins and tannins. Saponins have anti-influenza, expectorant, adaptogenic, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, diuretic, antioxidant, antispasmodic, hormonal level optimizing, cardioprotective and aphrodisiac properties.
On the other hand, tannins (phenolic compounds) have anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, which makes them excellent for treating diarrhea and gastroenteritis.
It should be noted that you have amino acids, vitamins and minerals which help our body to function properly.
Licorice is great for the digestive system, since it is an antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and antacid plant. Avoid bloating, gas, indigestion, colitis, or Crohn’s disease.
It also improves heartburn, reduces acidic secretions, increases gastric mucus, and relieves constipation.
Licorice has been effective in protecting the liver because it frees it from toxic substances. It also prevents and improves cirrhosis and hepatitis B. It also helps in decongestion of the liver.
In addition, it is effective for the respiratory system, as it treats heavy chest, cough, sore throat and asthma, etc.
It is also effective in the treatment of depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, menopause, heat stroke, acts as a stimulant and helps to quit smoking.
Licorice helps fight hair loss, oily hair and dandruff.
Uses of licorice.
- To treat the digestive system and fight against problems such as heaviness, gas and indigestion.
- To reduce stomach acids, such as heartburn, ulcers, esophagus, stomach pain or sores in the mouth.
- To improve asthma, coughs, flu and other breathing problems.
- To fight against heat stroke.
Remember to consult your doctor before starting any treatment.