Liquorice - An Ancient Remedy

Updated: May 24, 2021

Liquorice is one of the most widely used and extensively researched medicinal plants of the world. Liquorice roots have been used worldwide as a medicine and flavouring for over 4000 years. The medicinal use of Liquorice in both Western and Eastern cultures dates back several thousand years. Liquorice is the root of the legume Glycyrrhiza glabra, which contains several chemical constituents such as flavonoids, isoflavonoids, stilbenoids, coumarins and triterpenoid saponins.

Unfortunately, eating large amounts of Liquorice has been shown to increase the blood pressure of some individuals. These unwanted side effects of Liquorice and the complications caused by glycyrrhizin can be avoided by a special process of hot water extraction to remove the glycyrrhizin from Liquorice. This results in a deglycyrrhizinated Liquorice (DGL) extract that is available in food supplements for those who want the benefits of Liquorice but need to avoid high amounts of glycyrrhizin. DGL is well-researched for its mucosal healing support and appears to be a safe option for long-term use.

DGL has been found to support normal intestinal mucous production by stimulating the body’s protective mechanisms to improve the integrity of, and support the healing of, the natural mucous membranes of the stomach and intestinal lining.

This formula also contains a digestive lining protection blend, consisting of Fennel (seed). This is a natural expectorant which thins the mucus and has carminative properties to support occasional gas and bloating. Fennel is commonly used to support overall digestion. Marshmallow root is a plant that contains a naturally high content of mucilage and is muco-protective, by forming a protective film over mucous membranes, providing soothing support. Aloe vera (leaf) is reported to support the body's natural elimination processes and may also soothe the mucous membranes of the intestinal tract.

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