Licorice root and extract has been used since ancient times for all manner of illnesses. Recent research shows that it is rich in antioxidants with strong anti-inflammatory properties. Chronic, microscopic inflammation has been found to be involved in several conditions, such as arthritis, heart disease, and cancer.
If you are someone who can have a sweet treat now and then, think about switching from jelly beans or gummies to real, soft licorice (you can order it over the Internet).
WARNING: Of course, you can’t overdo it –– it’s still candy. A better option for you might be licorice tea. Take note: Going overboard with real licorice can trigger high blood pressure.
Reviewed by Susan Weiner RD, MS, CDE, CDN, 03/08
Baked Custard Orange Scallops with Spinach and Walnuts Hamburger-Pepperoni Pie Orange & Grape Salad Marinated Shrimp with Remoulade Cheese Pizza Dough Frozen Berry Fluff Shrimp Gazpacho Chili with Ham Spiced Hazelnuts
As a Type A personality with a perfectionist streak, diabetes management is something that easily gets under my skin. If I can’t do something perfect, then I’d much rather just not do it at all. Which is why burnout creeps up on me super fast. A few days of pesky numbers and I am ready to throw all things diabetes out the window and watch it get hit by an 18-wheeler. So attempting to get my A1c into the lowest possible range ever has proven incredibly tasking for my perfectionist...