English Name: Licorice
Latin Name: Glycyrrhiza glabra
What is Licorice?
The licorice plant is native to Africa, Asia, and Europe and features green leaves that appear in pairs fanning out from the stems.83 The plant can grow up to seven feet tall and has brown roots that serve as a sweetener and an ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine.84,85
Licorice was used for coughs in ancient Greece, and Napoleon used it for stomach pains.86,87 In modern times, it’s part of a popular candy.
Medicinal Uses of Licorice
Licorice has been studied for its effects on body fat, the immune system, and indigestion.
Scientists fed a licorice extract to obese diabetic mice and found that the herb could lower abdominal fat.88 And, in a study, the immune activities of mice improved after the mice were given compounds from licorice.89
When scientists gave a licorice extract to patients who had indigestion, the patients showed symptomatic improvement.90
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