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Licorice root has been used for centuries to treat infections and as a dietary supplement. It is a legume and a native to southern Europe as well as some parts of Asia. Very little licorice is grown in the U.S., but is grown is some places like China for its medicinal purposes. In fact, licorice is found in most Chinese tonics and may be one contributing factor that keeps the Asian population generally healthy. Root of a licorice plant is widely used as a detoxifier. This means when taken, the root works in the body to expel unwanted materials and cleanse the system.
TRUE! Licorice root is found in a higher number of products than any other herb or plant and is widely regarded as a vital nutritional supplement.
E) All of the above! Because of the vast uses licorice root encompasses, it is healthy and beneficial to almost all systems throughout the body. It contains the ability to detoxify and cleanse like nothing else can!
TRUE! It alleviates PMS symptoms that are caused by an excess buildup of toxic metabolic substances found in the body. Not only that, it increases the abilities of the liver to filter toxins out and has been used as treatment for liver specific diseases like hepatitis and cirrhosis.
True! Licorice roots most important compound is glycyrrhetinic acid which is what enables it to act as an anti-inflammatory agent.
False! In Europe the candies contain it but in America flavoring agents like anise are used.
D) Ulcers! Since licorice root is extremely beneficial for the gastro intestinal area, ulcers are healed much quicker, if not avoided altogether.
F, all of the above! Because of the nutrition value in this root, it has an uncanny ability to normalize the immune system. When the immune system is functioning normally, it strengthens and can fight harder against ailments and infectious agents that try to invade the body! That means less symptoms and less problems for you!
True! Much of the available research on licorice root focuses on the plants estrogenic abilities. Subsequently, it releases hormones in women essential to balancing and relieving reproductive organs.
C) Interferon! Interferons are natural proteins that are produced by the immune system. These glycoproteins prohibit harmful viral replication within the body.
D) in combination with other herbs! Effectiveness of licorice root is enhanced when taken in a blend with other herbs.
Sources: http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/news/20040329/licorice-root-may-keep-mental-skills-sharp http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/herbs-for-kids-feature
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