90 capsules of organic licorice (glycerrhiza glabra) 600mg per capsule.
The history of licorice as a standard medicinal plant dates back thousands of years, and licorice is still appreciated as a medicinal root. It’s commonly used to treat ailments like heartburn, upset stomach, hot flashes, coughs, respiratory issues, and bacterial and viral infections. And while it contains hundreds of plant compounds, licorice root’s primary active compounds are glycyrrhizin and glycyrrhetic acid. In the mental health field, licorice has been used for the treatment of stress and anxiety.
Licorice is well-documented for its many benefits including the treatment of immune disorders, mood-related issues, and digestive concerns, but licorice is also one of the best-known herbs for the treatment of adrenal fatigue. Licorice assists the adrenals by preventing the breakdown of cortisol, one of the major hormones produced by the adrenal glands to combat stress. Its cortisol-sparing effects help in maintaining energy levels which results in a better response to stressful situations. In addition, licorice is a great herb for supporting and protecting liver function, which also increases energy production. Licorice combats PMS symptoms like breast tenderness, irritability, and bloating because of its mild estrogenic ability. Are there some people who shouldn’t take Licorice? You bet. If you have high blood pressure, taking licorice can be problematic because the cortisol-sparing effect can increase blood pressure in some individuals.
Licorice is also considered a highly prized Chinese medicine. It is used in almost all of the Chinese patented herbal formulas. It is an anti-stress herb known to increase energy, endurance, and vitality and act as a mild tonic. Licorice is known to naturally fortify cortisone levels and it has been used to help decrease symptoms of hypoglycemia, a common side effect of decreased adrenal function. It causes increased production of aldosterone, a hormone that is frequently deficient in advanced Adrenal Fatigue. A rise in blood pressure may be experienced in those who are normal. Licorice candy does not offer the same benefits as preparations made from the root, but can cause an increase in blood pressure. (see above) Licorice can soothe nervous stomachs and stimulate both blood circulation in the heart and arteries and the production of interferon-like substances by the immune system.
Licorice was prescribed for Addison’s disease until the 1930s. Deglycyrrhized licorice (DGL) is made by removing the glycyrrhizin. For positive adrenal effects, only real licorice should be used (as we have in our product), not DGL.
Licorice has also been used to help decrease symptoms of hypoglycemia, a common side effect of decreased adrenal function. Wound healing, which can be slowed down by stress, has been improved by using licorice. Both blood circulation in the heart and arteries and production of interferon-like substances by the immune system are stimulated by licorice.
Optimizes HPA axis functions to enhance stress management capacity and cognition
• Enhanced salivary DHEA and testosterone in humans and promoted cortisol synthesis in incubates of adrenocortical cells
• Prolonged the half-life of glucocorticoids
• Favorably influenced ACTH response to corticotrophin releasing factor (CRF) and induced upregulation of pituitary CRF receptors
Supports healthy hormone balance and healthy normal cortisol and glucose levels
• Helped maintain healthy hormone levels by inhibiting inactivation of cortisol to cortisone, and enhancing DHEA
• Promoted healthy steroidogenesis as well as balanced estrogen metabolism to help foster normal androgenesis and support healthy levels of free testosterone and estradiol
• Favorably influenced serum glucose and lipid levels while enhancing insulin sensitivity
Promotes balanced energy, stable moods, healthy sleep cycles, fitness and sexual function
• Enhanced serotonin levels by moderating serotonin reuptake
• Fostered maintenance of cortisol levels by inhibiting 11-betahydroxysteroid dehydrogenase conversion of cortisol into cortisone
Here are some other health benefits of licorice:
Licorice root is often used to soothe gastrointestinal problems. In cases of food poisoning, stomach ulcers, and heartburn, licorice root extract can speed the repair of stomach lining and restore balance. This is due to the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties of glycyrrhizic acid, an active compound found in licorice.
Respiratory system support
Taking licorice as an oral supplement can help the body produce healthy mucus. The production of clean, healthy phlegm keeps the respiratory system functioning without old, sticky mucus clogging up the pipes.
Skin and teeth health
Licorice can be a successful dermatological treatment due to its antibacterial properties. For that reason, holistic health practitioners often suggest applying licorice to tooth decay to kill bacteria. Topical gels containing licorice are also recommended for treating eczema.
WHO SHOULD NOT USE LICORICE:
Long-term use of licorice containing more than 1 gram of glycyrrhizin (the amount in approximately 10 grams of licorice root) daily can cause increased blood pressure and water retention (edema) (Schambelan 1994). It should not be used in pregnancy. It should be avoided by anyone with known high blood pressure. It may potentiate the effect of warfarin and digoxin therapy. As with any supplement or even any medical drug, there is no way to determine how your body will respond. Based on proper testing if this supplement is positively indicated for you it is one of the best-researched and historically well tolerated herb.
There has been some concern that licorice increases blood pressure. This is because licorice partially blocks the conversion of cortisol into cortisone, which can produce higher amounts of circulating cortisol. Cortisol slightly increases contraction of the medial arteries and heart muscle, causing blood pressure to rise. However, you would have to consume approximately 1/4 pound of licorice candy per day in order to produce any elevation in your blood pressure. In any case, people who suffer from hypoadrenia typically have low blood pressure, so this is not usually a concern. If you’re concerned, simply monitor your blood pressure after licorice use, and start off with small doses.