Licorice is a plant that has a sweet taste. Because of that taste, licorice is often used as a flavoring agent in food and drinks, even cigarettes. Not only that, it turns out the content at the roots of this plant is also used to treat various conditions of certain diseases.
In Indonesia, licorice is also referred to by another name as liquorice. The nutritional content contained in licorice is protein, carbohydrate, sugar, vitamin A, and antioxidant compounds such as flavonoids and glycyrrhizin. Plants originating from Europe and Asia have long been used as herbal medicines. Even so, the truth about the benefits of licorice is still not fully proven medically.
Facts Regarding the Benefits of Licorice
The following are facts of the health benefits of licorice plants, including:
Helps cancer treatment
Reducing dental problems
You who have respiratory problems and cough, are advised to take supplements that contain licorice estrak. Taking licorice supplements is believed to help relieve respiratory tract and relieve cough. Licorice extract works by producing healthy mucus in the respiratory system, making your breathing easier.
Licorice extract is believed to be able to deal with itchy and inflamed skin in eczema sufferers and counteract the effects of skin damage due to sun exposure. The benefits of licorice are also seen to improve the condition of skin hyperpigmentation. This effect is thought to be obtained from the content of active substances in licorice that can suppress inflammation in the body. However, the effectiveness of the benefits of licorice for skin health clinically still needs to be further investigated.
For those of you who like heartburn, you should try consuming products that contain licorice. According to research, licorice can reduce the symptoms of pain in the gut because it has glycyrrhizic acid, which is an anti-inflammatory compound and is able to trigger the immune system. In addition, this compound can prevent the spread of H. pylori bacteria in the stomach and intestines which causes symptoms of heartburn. Licorice extract can also speed up repairs to the walls of the digestive tract and help relieve symptoms of indigestion.
Licorice root is thought to have ingredients that can treat cancer patients, such as breast cancer, stomach cancer, and prostate cancer. However, clinical evidence and further research still needs to be done to support this conjecture.
If you hear a claim stating that toothpaste with licorice extract can overcome dental problems, you should think twice before buying it. Because according to research, using toothpaste containing licorice extract does not make plaque on the teeth reduced. Likewise with other dental problems, such as inflammation of the gums or bleeding gums.
There are also other allegations about the benefits of licorice in dealing with certain medical conditions, such as bleeding, hepatitis, Addison’s disease, high cholesterol, polycystic ovary syndrome, infections, coughs, muscle cramps, weight loss, irritable bowel syndrome, and psoriasis. However, further research is still needed to determine the effectiveness and safety of licorice in overcoming these medical conditions.
Know the Side Effects
In general, consumption of licorice contained in food and drinks is still considered safe, as long as it is still in accordance with the measurements. Similarly, if you apply it to the skin, with a note of its use in a short time. But, the use of licorice in large quantities and long-term is not recommended, because it will cause harmful effects, including irregular heartbeat, hypertension, hypokalemia, paralysis, and brain damage.
In addition, other side effects that might occur due to consuming licorice include:
- Menstrual disorders.
- The accumulation of fluid and sodium in the body.
- Decreased sexual desire in men.
Attention also for pregnant women, you are advised not to consume licorice. Consumption in large doses will increase the risk of premature birth, even miscarriage and fetal defects. Although the effect is not yet known exactly, you are also advised not to consume licorice while breastfeeding.
Therefore, consult with your doctor first before deciding to consume licorice, and always read the ingredients contained on the label of the packaging of medicine and food products.