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Does Eating A Lot Of Licorice Make You Sick
Black stool: Eating black licorice is a known cause of black stools. Bile in stool causes green color. Blood in the upper GI tract acted on by digestive enzymes turns black and this is called melena or melenic stools. The stool will not only be black but "tarry" and sticky and very maladrous. Iron can turn the stool black but not foul smelling and tarry. ...Read more
If you eat a lot of: It high BP can can result.Get a more detailed answer ›
I've been eating natural black licorice candy daily for several months. Just read can be dangerous. I don't have high blood pressure. Should I worry?
Can eating a whole packet of licorice lollies affect the birth control pill? I looked at the ingredients and it said it contained licorice extract?
I had a black stool yesterday and I knew because I ate black licorice and iron pill. So I stopped eating it but until now I still have a black stool?
Not normal, get help: Blood in stool is a warning sign. Brisk bleeding warrants emergency care. Causes of bleeding may be predictable (e.g. rectal trauma), but evaluation is always appropriate. A rule of thumb (but not absolute): black stool means bleeding comes from upper GI tract; grape jelly stool from small bowel; silver stool from biliary tree; burgundy stool from right colon; red blood from left colon to anus. ...Read more
Have tingling going down my left arm periodically. No pain, just feels like goose bumps., Lately, have a sweet tooth, eating a bag of licorice a day??
Severe upper stomach pain like a vise. Bad after eating, bad on an empty stomach, I think I have a ulcer. Can I use DGL licorice will it stop the pain?
DGL licorice: Although an ulcer is one possible cause of your pain, there are many other potential causes also. DGL licorice would not cause your pain to resolve even if your pain is due to an ulcer. Your best bet is to see your doctor for a diagnosis of the cause of your pain. In the meantime, try omeprazole 10mg each morning. Do not take this for longer than two weeks without a diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more
Eating to much Black licorice cause hypokalemia, can compensate this eating food rich in potassium? Can Cause also bleeding due to lowering platelets
Don't overdo it: The more serious risk of excess black licorice is as a cause of high blood pressure. People who have actually have gotten sick have eaten the real stuff (not just licorice-flavored candy); if this is a major component of your diet, do keep track of your electrolytes and blood pressure with your physician during your annual health check-ups. If they are okay, enjoy what you love. ...Read more
Yes and no: Licorice root can be used for a several illnesses, but medicinal herbs are medicinal and have toxicities just like synthetic meds. Some diseases are peptic ulcers, crohn's, irritable bowel, mouth ulcers, breath freshner. Toxicities include (not limited to) edema, high blood pressure, muscle weakness (possibly caused by interference with potassium levels). Don't take if on digoxin. Check with doc. ...Read more
Black licorice is a candy, and licorice root is a plant (glycyrrhiza glabra). Black licorice candy contains glycyrrhizin, the compound made from black licorice root that's used as a sweetener. Glycyrrizin can cause body potassium levels to fall. There are de-glycyrrinated licorice supplements available, if using for that purpose.
http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm277152.htm. ...Read more
For what?: Red "licorice"is not real licorice at all, mostly high fructose corn syrup, red dye and artificial flavors. It has no health benefits and is actually toxic. Better quality black licorice, while also sugary, has real licorice in it, a medicinal herb with many health benefits, though it is healthier to use as a tea, tincture or tablet. See http://www. Herbwisdom. Com/herb-licorice-root. Html ...Read more
Not very: Do not use: Licorice Root contains isoflavin and isoflavine which suppresses the breakdown of cortisol and slows the reuptake of serotonin, which may make it effective for mild depression. But is also contains glycyrrhizin which can cause potassium levels in the body to fall, leading to arrhythmias, BP increase, or heart failure. This can be deadly. Some recent supplies have also been contaminated with lead. ...Read more
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