Licorice – More Than Just Candy??
Licorice is one of our most popular forms of candy…. it is also a common addition in health supplements… taken from the root of the plant Glycyrrhiza ( part of the Glabra species)..
It is often used in Chinese medicine and has several uses as both a vitality promoting agent and also to aid certain digestive disorders. It contains certain protective flavanoids that can have health benefits.
Licorice is also known as Liquorice, Yashtimadhu, Glycyrrhiza, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis, and Glycyrrhia Glabra.
Chinese medicine recommends doses of around 8-15mg for maintaining general health, and up to 100mg for treating certain disease states.
Licorice contains the following bioactive compounds
- Glycyrrhetinic acid
- Glycyrrhyzic acid
- Various flavanoids
- Isoangustone A
- Lichochalcone A-E
The two key components being Glycyrrhizin and its metabolite Glycyrrhetinic acid..
Uses And Effects
Licorice has been studied with regard to its effects on certain health issues..
Cortisol – it has been shone to increase levels of the stress hormone Cortisol
LDL – It can decrease the oxidation of LDL
Lipid Peroxidation – Minor decrease in Lipid Peroxidation has been shown
DHEA – Licorice can increase levels of serum DHEA
Canker Sores – Licorice has been shown to reduce the pain and size of canker sores
Blood Pressure – Has the potential to increase Blood Pressure
Parathyroid Hormone – Shown To Increase Parathyroid Hormone
Can Licorice Boost Testosterone
Licorice has been shown in clinical studies to actually REDUCE testosterone levels, the study, looking at healthy male test subjects saw the men given 7g of liquorice daily for 7 days… the results indicated a dramatic drop in testosterone levels down to 55% of the pre-trial readings Another similar study showed a slightly lower drop in testosterone of 26%
In most men – normal testosterone production returned within 4-7 days after cessation of the trial
Licorice can have some health benefits, but the majority of studies do show that quite possibly, its detrimental effects possibly outweigh any benefits… For sure any testosterone boosting supplements containing licorice should be avoided….