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Also known as liquorice, Licorice Root is taken from the underground stems of the Glycyrrhiza glabra perennial plant grown in Greece, Turkey and Asia. It is so named for it is the compound glycyrrhiza which gives licorice its recognisable sweet flavour. In fact licorice is 50 times sweeter than table sugar and was used as a popular flavouring in confectionary, food and beverage products. Today this has been replaced by anise oil, although Licorice Root is still used as a flavouring in herbal medicines, cough and throat candies and tobacco products.
Licorice Root has had a long history of use in Ancient Greece, China and Egypt to help alleviate inflammation in the stomach. Today licorice root is recognised for its number of potentially beneficial substances for health including flavanoids, phytoestrogens and the compound glycyrrhiza (or glycyrrhizic acid). The chemicals in Licorice Root are thought to alleviate digestive conditions, maintain liver health and help to provide relief from upper respiratory complaints such as throat pain and congestive coughs. Its effect on the adrenal gland also makes Licorice Root a useful tonic for chronic fatigue.
Licorice Root has long been used in traditional Chinese remedies for it was thought to promote longevity. Today modern research suggests that Licorice Root may have other health benefits including:
Suggested dosage: Take 2 capsules 1 to 3 times daily: Longe term high level use is NOT recommendedSpecial Precautions!
One Swanson Licorice Root capsule contains 450mg of Licorice Root.
Other ingredients include: Cellulose (capsule) and Stearic Acid (vegetable source).
Not manufactured with yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, corn mil, egg, fish shellfish or tree nut ingredients. Produced in a GMP facility that processes other ingredients containing these allergens.
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