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A healthy alternate to sugar (or dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, sucrose)

Licorice root is a great tasting natural sweetener, 50-100 sweeter than sucrose.  It is approved for consumption by the U.S. as a natural flavour enhancer.

Why consume less sugar?

Sugar contributes to degenerative diseases, and an early death.  According to Robert H. Lustig, M.D., author of Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth about Sugar (a book which is the culmination of 16 years of medical research), sugar is addictive, and  contributes to Metabolic Syndrome, which is a scourge, a group of chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

Sugar is listed as one of the 10 worst foods for your bladder by J. Kyle Mathews M.D.

Ancient medical history:  Liquorice roots, fennel seeds and nettles are historically revered for their restorative and healing benefits, suitable for those following the Paleo, caveman, diet.

Cure-all medicine

The ancient Egyptians valued licorice, and used it as a cure-all medicine.  A large stash of licorice was found in King Tut Ankh Amon’s 3000 year old tomb.

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Alternate medicine

Licorice root is used as an anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-oxidant, anti-tumour and anti-viral in herbal medicine.  Anti-viral studies found licorice root exhibited strong anti-viral effects, an alternate therapeutic agent for mouth and peptic ulcers* The acid compound may stop the growth of bacteria.  The anti-inflammatory properties help calm hepatitis-associated liver inflammation.

* Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 54 (1) 243-246.

Anti-depressant contains anti-depressant compounds.

Diet and weight loss the strong satisfying sweet taste is claimed to make people feel full and suppress the appetite, a natural appetite suppressant, healthier than sugar or artificial flavourings.

Lessen symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. By enhancing cortisol activity, licorice root helps to increase energy, ease stress and reduce the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Restorative and healing properties

Used in several countries, primarily China, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, and Rome, for its numerous health benefits.  Purported to relieve many ailments, including

~ arthritis  ~ asthma ~ body odours ~ coughs  ~ colds ~ constipation  ~ depression  ~ fatigue ~ fibromyalgia ~  flu  ~ fungal infections  ~ gout ~ heartburn ~ liver disease  ~ menopause  ~ PMS ~ prostate enlargement  ~ psoriasis  ~ sore throat ~ stress ~ ulcers  ~ yeast infections

The Chinese use licorice / liquorice root as a natural remedy for healing the respiratory and digestive system, relieving heartburn and indigestion by reducing acidity levels, and acting as a mild laxative.  The root is supposed to relieve inflammation and irritation in the digestive tract, loosening phlegm and soothing the tract.

Licorice is a healthy natural sweetener

Avoid artificial sweeteners because they could be unhealthy toxic concoctions of artificial flavours and mysterious chemicals.

Other Names: Blackroot, Black Sugar, Licorice Root, Liquorice, Sweetroot, Sweetwood

The Latin name is Glycyrrhiza glabra meaning sweet root.  In other countries, liquorice is called:

France:  regliss
Germany: lakritze
Italy:  liquirizia
Spain: regaliz
India: mulethi

Please read:

The information provided does not replace medical treatment or advice. Never delay seeking medical advice.  It is advisable to consult with your physician before taking any natural remedy, particularly if you have an existing medical condition or are pregnant or lactating. Some plants and herbal remedies react to prescription drugs. Please note natural remedies and should only be taken with approval from your physician.  Liquorice root is not recommended if you have a heart condition or are pregnant, and only small quantities should be consumed if you have high blood pressure.