Licorice Root is an herb that has been used since ancient times. Many ancient cultures believe it increases endurance, strength, and energy. In China, it is known as the “Great Detoxifier” because of its effects on the kidneys, liver, spleen, and stomach. It is high in the minerals magnesium, silicon, and sodium and also contains significant amounts of chromium, cobalt, iron, potassium, and niacin.
Licorice is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb, because one of its active components provides a similar action to hydrocortisone and other corticosteroid hormones. This active component also decreases the body’s conversion of cortisol, a natural anti-inflammatory steroid hormone, into cortisone, which is inactive until converted to cortisol. Taking Licorice Root helps to reduce or avoid the need for pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory medications which have toxic side effects.
In addition to strengthening the adrenal glands and stimulating the adrenal cortex, Licorice Root is known for soothing mucus membranes, relaxing muscle spasms, lowering cholesterol, providing a soothing effect for bronchitis and sore throats, balancing low blood sugar, and helping to reduce sugar cravings. Licorice Root is available in liquid or capsule form from Nature’s Sunshine.