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
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