The licorice plant has many flavoring and medicinal properties and also known as sweet root. Licorice root contains a number of healthy compounds such as flavonoids, volatile oils, plant sterols, coumarins, glycosides, Glycyrrhizin acid and anethole and has the following health benefits
Glycyrrhizin acid present in licorice root helps in reducing nervousness and depression by enhancing adrenal glands functions.
The phyto-estrogenic and anti-oxidant action of licorice root is very useful for treating hormonal imbalance and other problems like fatigue, mood swings, and hot flashes which usually occur in women’s who are going through menopause.
It helps in significant reduction in body fat mass.
Helps in Digestions
Flavonoids present in licorice roots can help with discomfort and inflammation of the digestive system.
Sore throat and Cough
Saponin glycosides present in Licorice Root helps in dry cough, bronchitis, and asthma.
Anti-inflammatory agents in Licorice Root help in treating many skin disorders.
PMS and Menstrual Cramps
Licorice Root has antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and a mild estrogenic activity which may help with PMS symptoms such as mood swings, breast tenderness, nausea and bloating, as well as menstrual cramps.
Licorice has a long history of medicinal use in Europe and Asia and it is safe for most people but should be taken under supervision of experts.