Licorice (Liquorice)

Natural Licorice, also called Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), has a very sweet taste. It is obtained from the root of the bush and used medically as a capsule, tablet or liquid extract. Most Lakritzesüßigkeiten are artificially flavored and contain no natural licorice. Glycyrrhizin is the active ingredient in natural licorice. For people who are particularly sensitive to the effect of glycyrrhizin, there are specially treated Lakritzeprodukte that contain a much smaller amount of glycyrrhizin (about a tenth). These products are then particularly excellent.

(See also nutritional supplements Overview.) Natural Licorice, also called Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), has a very sweet taste. It is obtained from the root of the bush and used medically as a capsule, tablet or liquid extract. Most Lakritzesüßigkeiten are artificially flavored and contain no natural licorice. Glycyrrhizin is the active ingredient in natural licorice. For people who are particularly sensitive to the effect of glycyrrhizin, there are specially treated Lakritzeprodukte that contain a much smaller amount of glycyrrhizin (about a tenth). These products are then particularly excellent. Allegations licorice is taken frequently to suppress coughs, relieve sore throat and relieve an upset stomach. Applied externally, it should soothe skin irritations (eg. as eczema). Licorice should also stomach ulcers or complications caused by hepatitis C, act. Evidence There is evidence that licorice produces a relief of symptoms of functional dyspepsia and irritable bowel syndrome in combination with other herbs (1). However, clinical studies both licorice alone and in combination are limited and further evaluation is required. There is not enough data to determine if licorice has a healing effect for gastric ulcers or complications caused by hepatitis C. Side effects at lower dosages or normal consumption values ??are few side effects significantly. High doses of licorice real but (> 1 oz / day), and glycyrrhizin can cause renal sodium and water retention, which can lead to high blood pressure and may Kaliumusscheidung so that the potassium level is lowered. An increased excretion of potassium can be a particular problem for people with heart disease and are taking for those who digoxin or diuretics that lead to an increased excretion of potassium. These people and those suffering from high blood pressure should take no real licorice to himself. In real licorice the risk of preterm birth can be made, which is why pregnant women should not take. Drug interactions can occur licorice with warfarin interacts and its effectiveness, reduce, which increases the risk of blood clotting. As mentioned above, licorice can interact by acting on potassium levels with digoxin. Notes licorice Ottillinger B, Storr M, Malfertheiner P, et al. STW 5 (Iberogast®-a safe and effective standard in the treatment of functional gastrointestinal disorders Vienna Medical Weekly 163 (3-4). 65-72 2013.

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