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Licorice Root and its Benefits in Protecting the Stomach from Stomach Acid

Stomach acid is released into the stomach when the food is being digested or during food consumption. The stomach contains parietal cells located in the stomach linings where this acid is released. Despite the benefits stomach acid has, its overproduction can cause health problems such as acids or stomach upsets. Licorice root is one of the herbs scientifically proven to have many benefits in preventing the negative effects which resulting from stomach acid overproduction.

Licorice Root

Licorice root originated from Central Europe, but now it is readily available in almost all countries in Europe and Asia.

Medicinal Benefits of Licorice Root

In order to restrict its overproduction licorice root is beneficial in this process. Licorice root has the following benefits in reduction of stomach acids.It is useful in protection of the mucus membranes lining by enhancing the production of mucin which protects the tract against the negative effects of stomach acid. Licorice root is applied to soothe stomach injury caused by stomach acid and other inflammation. Licorice root as an anti-inflammatory herb is recommended by physicians for people suffering from Crohn’s disease which has some relation to overproduction of stomach acid.As an anti-inflammatory herb it is also used in treating of ulcerative colitis mostly caused by excessive acid elements in the stomach. The healing process is also enhanced by its soothing effects.

Traditional uses of Licorice Root

Licorice root has long been used by people from various cultural backgrounds, for example, it has acted as one of the most important herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has been used as a demulcent or coating agent to prevent the stomach and the digestive tracts from negative effects of stomach acid.Licorice root is also used to treat other ailments such as diabetes, tuberculosis and stomach ulcers resulting from excess stomach acid.

How Licorice Root is used

There are two forms of Licorice: Standard Licorice and De-glycyrrhizinated Licorice

Each of the two types of Licorice root is applied in different conditions.

Standard LicoriceSolaray: Licorice root 100ct 450mg

This type of Licorice root is applicable in different conditions, for instance, chronic fatigue, infection of the respiratory system or topical herpes.

De-glycyrrhizinated Licorice

Solaray: Dgl licorice gumlet 30ct 400mgThis is the type of Licorice root that is applicable to deal with health problems resulting from excess stomach acid. It does not contain glycyrrhizin to help avoid potential safety problems. It is used for health conditions affecting the digestive tract, for example, ulcers. In order for it to be effective one is required to chew two hundred to three hundred milligrams tablets three times in one day before eating food and going to bed.

Negative Effects

Licorice root containing glycyrrhizin may lead to high blood pressure or lack of potassium in the body.Increased intake may lead to decreased serum testosterone in men as a result of blockage of enzymes responsible for testosterone synthesize. It is therefore recommended that Licorice root be taken in accordance to instructions from a qualified healthcare profession.