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The benefits and harms of Licorice

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The benefits and harms of Licorice

Licorice is a plant species that belongs to the legume family. Its roots are ground to the consistency of powder that has a sweet taste and tart smell.

Properties of licorice

Licorice contains vitamins: E, B1, B2, B3, B6 and therefore its use is necessary in order to ensure energy metabolism and the proper functioning of the organism as a whole. But is especially in need of the beneficial properties of licorice nervous system. They are also required for regulation of metabolism, participation in the process of protein synthesis, insulin production, participation in energy metabolism and the process of metabolic reactions in the human body.

The inherent nature of the properties of liquorice are perfectly help from colds. Its extracts are used for making many bronchial medicines and elixirs. The composition of licorice has more than thirty kinds of substances, which provoke expectorant effect, relieve spasms, heal ulcers and stop the inflammation. The most active components are:

-flavonoids;

-phytosterols;

alkaloids;

-glycyrrhizin, which is one of the triterpene saponins.

Harvested correctly the root of this plant can keep their properties for ten years.

Chemical composition of licorice, which depend on its properties, has a wide variety of substances related to the micronutrients, the macronutrients, vitamins and minerals. Among them you can focus on the most famous of them all, called carbohydrates, polysaccharides, resins and essential oils. It is worth mentioning, of course, about the possession of organic acids and higher alcohols. The content of fumaric, tartaric, malic and citric acids along with other nutrients give the liquorice a great value in medicine.


Properties of licorice function as natural corrector, which aims to control the state of the endocrine glands and system in General. It has a stimulating effect on the process viability of the organism and improves its ability to work.

The use of licorice

Licorice is useful in severe poisoning of the human body. The presence in the composition of licorice glucuronic kisloy a positive effect on the destruction of toxic substances which caused poisoning. If food hit the poisonous mushrooms or tainted meat, the body is subjected to severe poisoning, which required antidote treatment and detoxification of the poison. A significant benefit of the body brings welcome licorice extracts after chemical poisoning. Profession which are associated with constant contact with chemical substances licorice is prescribed for the prevention.

The use of licorice

Licorice is widely used in cooking as a spice, due to its delicate aroma, which resembles the smell of fennel and a rich sweet taste. The most popular spice from the root of licorice in Japan, Egypt, China, Scandinavia, and Mongolia.

The extracts obtained from licorice, due to the pronounced kortizonom effect used to speed up healing of ulcers in the stomach or in the intestines.

A decoction of liquorice (licorice) is used for the treatment of gastritis and erosions of the gastrointestinal tract. Under the action of spasmolytic and anti-inflammatory qualities, blunted acute pain. A decoction is also recommended for nausea, vomiting and heartburn.

Liquorice in powder, extract or tincture is used for treatment of respiratory organs, namely, the bronchitis and pneumonia.

Drugs that are made of licorice, due to glycyrrhizic acid, contained in it, is used to treat Addison's disease. This is one of the most difficult forms of disorders of the adrenal glands.

Extracts of licorice root are widely used in cosmetology. One teaspoon crushed root pour dvuustki ml boiling water, insist night and wipe your face two times a day. The same product is used for gentle removal of makeup or just for cleansing.

The dangers of licorice

Using decoctions of licorice for treatment, is especially wary of its medicinal qualities, as it is peculiar laxative effect. This action provokes liquirizia glycoside, which is contained in the composition of plants.

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