GOOD FOR YOUR GUTS
We know Licorice as a delicious sweet treat, the herb itself has very different benefits. As a medicinal herb, licorice root has long been valued for the profound and positive effect it has on your digestive system.
Licorice has been used in many forms over the centuries. It is known that the glycyrrhizin in licorice root can cause high blood pressure. A procedure developed to remove this compound from licorice provides a new safer form known as DGL or deglycyrrhizinated licorice. Anti-inflammatory DGL is highly effective for soothing digestive disturbances, particularly gastritis and peptic ulcers.
The mechanism of DGL in peptic ulcer treatment is that it stimulates and/or accelerates the factors that protect against ulcer formation. Specifically, DGL improves both the quality and quantity of the protective substances that line the intestinal tract. The licorice produces a thick protective mucus gel that covers the lining of the stomach wall providing welcome relief for heartburn sufferers too.
Chewing DGL between or twenty minutes prior to meals seems to produce positive results as it must mix with saliva to promote the regeneration of salivary compounds that stimulate the growth and regeneration of stomach and intestinal cells.
DGL may also prove useful in eradicating Helicobacter pylori. Patients with duodenal and gastric ulcers may test positive to this bacterium. Stress and anxiety were thought to be the main cause of ulcers, but H. Pylori causes damage to the stomach lining and DGL can combat this damage.
Licorice is also one of a group of herbs that has a marked effect upon the endocrine system. It was traditionally used as an adrenal tonic. Licorice contains glycyrrhizic acid, similar to the hormones of the adrenal cortex, these glands have the task of responding to any stress the body is under, whether it is study, work or life.
Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) may help relieve:
- Functional dyspepsia
- Nausea and stomach pain
- Leaky gut syndrome
- Peptic ulcers
Licorice supplements contraindicate with anti-hypertensive or diuretic medications. Do not take if you suffer kidney insufficiency, liver cirrhosis or are pregnant.