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On Monday, we celebrated National Licorice Day! Before you all go run out to Costco and buy those economy size tubs of Red Vines... pump the brakes!! It turns out black licorice is actually the way to go!
Everyone from the Greeks, to Chinese Emperor's to Egypt's King Tutankhamen himself seemed to know the healing properties of black licorice. For hundreds of years it's been used as a medicinal alternative. Licorice in fact is a powerfal antiviral, has many antioxidants and even estrogen. Yes ladies... estrogen.
Some of the health benefits are:
As with all good things there are also some precautions about using black licorice medicinally... Your first question should be how much should I consume? Many experts recommend that licorice should not be used for the long term and no more than 50 grams of real licorice should be consumed daily. It can raise blood pressure and cause sodium and water retention. It also is not advised to consume licorice during pregnancy. It has been known to be associated with premature birth.
Always try to find licorice that contains REAL licorice. Most are enhanced with sugars, sweeteners and added artificial flavors... look for the real deal. One of the key ingredients to look for is "glycyrrhizin" (Well I'm not asking you to say it! Just look for it! LOL) or Licorice Root. You might even be able to find it in a tea.
That being said though, licorice does have the power to heal and there are many many health benefits associated with it!