Licorice root has many benefits. With seasons changing and the cold and flu season upon us , you would be glad to know that one of the major benefits is against the cold virus. We will also look at the effects on the stress hormone cortisol.
Reduces Cold Virus Systems
Licorice root tea active ingredient glycyrrhitzin helps to thin and loosen mucus in the throat and nasal passages. the end result is to decrease nasal and throat congestion. An added benefit is the anti-inflammatory property increases the production of infection-fighting chemical to knock out cold viruses.
Reduces Cortisol Level and Adrenal Fatigue
Licorice root helps the body utilize the cortisol (stress hormone) more efficiently so the adrenal has to work less. Less work of the gland leads to less burnout and fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is characterized by unexplained weight gain, sugar and salt craving, sleeping problems, depression, and anxiety, bloating and indigestion. The adrenal glands major function is to allow you the ability to respond to stress. All types of stress, for example, preparing for final exams, surgery, strenuous exercising, a nervous presentation or just running from a “bear”, cortisol is needed. It is no surprise that with the demands placed on us we are experiencing adrenal burn out.
Additional Benefits of Licorice Root
Sip a cup of licorice root tea when you have indigestion and bloating. Once again the active compound glycyrrhizin. Licorice root has an anti-inflammatory property that causes healing of the lining of the stomach. Just make sure that you buy tea that contains real licorice root and not just a flavor.
A study recently publishes in the Journal of Human Molecular Genetics showed that a cup of tea a day could help fight cancer. It is well known in the medical community that genes have an on and off switch on the DNA. In the laboratory, they demonstrated that teas, by methylation(modification) of the genes switch, shut the cancer gene off. Wow if only so simple as drinking a cup of tea. But it appears to show that tea has some anti-cancer properties.