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Yes: 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
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
Every day i take 450mg of a licorice root supplement bottled by solaray. I'm desperate to heal my pssd. How dangerous is my licorice root consumption?
Not dangerous but...: Licorice root has been used medicinally for thousands of years (it may be the most common herb used in chinese medicine). It contains glycyrrhizin, high doses of which can cause high blood pressure & fluid retention, but 450 mg/day is not a high dose. I know no evidence licorice helps pssd though i saw one online testimonial. See http://umm.Edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/licorice & my comment. ...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
I doubt it: Very much, but these questions can't be answered scientifically: "licorice root" is not a regulated compound and so its safety and efficacy (or even how much licorice is in it) haven't been studied systematically, it's anybody's guess. It may be 4 grams, but 4 grams of what? And how much of the 4 grams is biologically active? Good luck! ...Read more
How much licorice root would you need to consume in order to significantly raise your blood pressure?
Licorice: Depends upon the person. There are significant differences in sensitivity, absorption, metabolism, and elimination between individuals. The response is more pronounced if you already have high blood pressure and less so in individuals with normal blood pressure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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