The Powerful Properties of Licorice Root
Licorice root is one of the most biologically active herbs, and oldest natural medicinal remedies, known to medicine. The licorice root is the subject of a wide variety of medical research related both to the long-known health properties of the root, as well as recently discovered benefits.
The primary active component in licorice root is glycyrrhizin. This substance is what gives licorice many of its healthy properties. In addition to glycyrrhizin, licorice root contains powerful antioxidants. The root is high in calcium and iron, in addition to being naturally sweet.
Licorice is most commonly known for its powers as a cough suppressant and throat lozenge. However, there are many health properties also carried by the licorice root, which are less well known, but every bit as exciting.
Licorice root is a natural Antacid: Because of the high calcium content of the licorice root, it helps neutralize stomach acids and ease heartburn. The naturally anti-inflammatory benefits of licorice also help increase the protection of the stomach lining, leading to long term decreases in heartburn.
Licorice helps treat (and prevent) Ulcers: Licorice root helps to bring about conditions helpful for treating ulcers. The root helps prevent the breakdown of chemicals in the body that prevent ulcers. In fact, licorice root has an approved status by the German Commission E for treatment of ulcers.
Licorice root helps with Digestion: The glycyrrhizin in licorice root helps to break down food and aid in digestion.
Licorice can help with skin disorders such as eczema: The naturally anti-inflammatory properties of licorice root have been shown to be effective against skin disorders such as eczema.
Licorice is naturally Anti-inflammatory: Licorice root is a natural anti-inflammatory agent, assisting with a number of health issues, including acting as an antiarthritic agent.
Please read more about the health benefits of the licorice root in the Health Benefits section of our site.