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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
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
Depends who you ask!: I did a quick online search and found plenty of claims of immune system benefit from licorice root extract but none that I could quote as good high quality evidence. Check out http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-881-licorice.aspx?activeingredientid=881 which is best I could find. I'm hopeful my colleagues can edify both of us!. Also check out http://goo.gl/khYX2Z ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
See below: As little as 50 grams daily for 2 weeks. ...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