Liquorice Health Benefits

The active ingredient in the liquorice herb is glycyrrhizin, a sweetener more than 50 times as sweet as sucrose (sucrose is esssentially cane sugar; glucose plus fructose). The most popular liquorice lollies in the UK are the absolutely scrumptious Liquorice Allsorts; whereas in continental Europe the far stronger, saltier, mouth-watering delights prevail.

Medicinal Uses:

  • Liquorice is the second most prescribed herb in China followed by ginseng, where it is suggested for treatment of the spleen, liver and kidney.
  • The Japanese use a liquorice preparation to treat hepatitis.
  • It can be as effective as codeine, and safer, when used as a cough suppressant.
  • Liquorice can be used as a mild laxative.
  • But the most common medical use for liquorice is for treating upper respiratory ailments including coughs, hoarseness, sore throat, and bronchitis.

Liquorice Allsorts are made of liquorice, aniseed oil, coconut and sugar

But before you go and guzzle down a packet of Liquorice Allsorts, be aware that the health benefits of liquorice are gained from taking the natural liquorice root. Packaged forms of liquorice contain many not-so-healthy additives. Downing a bag of Liquorice Allsorts will most likely just give you a sugar high due to the sugar in the candy layers and the added sugar in the liquorice layers themselves. Even ‘Traditional Liquorice’ that you buy in a brown paper bag has more flour, sugar, glucose syrup and vegetable oil that actual liquorice extracts.
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