Liquorice, or licorice, is the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra herb from which a sweet flavour can be extracted (named Glycyrrhizin) and is commonly called as Jesthimadh or Mulethi. The word liquorice is derived (via the Old French licoresse) from the Greek glukurrhiza, meaning “sweet root”. Liquorice flavours are used as candies or sweeteners, particularly in some European and Middle Eastern countries. Liquorice extracts have a number of medical uses, and they are also used in herbal and folk medications. Hundreds of potentially healing substances have been identified in liquorice as well, including compounds called flavonoids, Glycyrrhizin and various plant estrogens (phytoestrogens). Good for cough, sore throat, stomach problems.
Scientific Study conducted suggests that Licorice or Mulethi Extract prevents the breakdown of body’s primary stress-fighting agents, like adrenaline, making these more available to the body. Liquorice Extract has a well-documented reputation for helping & speeding up healing of ulcers. Mulethi extract supports lower stomach acid levels, helps to relieve heartburn, hyperacidity, indigestion and act as a mild laxative. Licorice or Liquorice Extract has beneficial action on irritation, inflammation and spasm in the digestive tract. Mulethi or Jesthimadh Extract also has beneficial action on the liver; it helps to increase bile flow and lower cholesterol levels.
Liquorice Extract also appears to enhance immunity by boosting levels of interferon, a key immune system chemical that fights off attacking viruses. Licorice or Liquorice Extract is said to contain powerful antioxidants as well as certain phytoestrogens – that can perform some of the useful functions of the female body during menopausal days and helps in easing certain symptoms of PMS (premenstrual syndrome) – such as irritability, stomach ache & bloating with breast tenderness. Study conducted on Glycyrrhizin shows its ability to stop the growth of many bacteria and viruses. Licorice Extract is useful to ease lungs congestion and coughing by helping to loosen thick mucus in airways, which makes cough more productive to expel thick mucus or phlegm outside. Liquorice extract supports cortisol enhancing activity, which helps to increase energy, ease stress and reduce symptoms of ailments – like chronic fatigue, muscular pain etc.
Licorice or Mulethi extract protects the Liver cells & promotes healing of the damaged cells with anti- inflammation action.
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