Viridian Licorice Root Extract Vegetarian Capsules (60)

Has significant anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic activity

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Licorice Root Veg Caps
INGREDIENTS: one vegetarian capsule provides:
Standardised Licorice root extract (20% glycerrhizinic acid) 250mg
Licorice root powder I00mg
In a base of alfalfa, spirulina & bilberry.

Licorice Root Glycyrrhiza Glabra
Licorice is one of the most extensively used and scientifically investigated herbal medicines.
The medicinal use of licorice in both eastern and western cultures dates back several thousand years.
Used primarily as a demulcent, expectorant, antitussive and mild laxative. Licorice is one of the most popular components of Chinese medicine. Its traditional uses include the treatment of peptic ulcers, asthma, pharyngitis, malaria, abdominal pain, insomnia and infections.

- Anti-Inflammatory/Anti-Allergic: Licorice has significant anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic activity, particularly in asthma and other atopic conditions. It does this by antagonising or counteracting the negative effects of cortisol.  Negative aspects of cortisol activity include hepatic cholesterol synthesis, thymus atrophy, and adrenal atrophy(shrinkage). This cortisol-like effect relates to its ability to inhibit phospholipase A2.  This enzyme clears lipids from cellular membranes, thus beginning the manufacture of inflammatory prostaglandins and leukotrienes.
- Oestrogen Balancing: Licorice is believed to exert an alterative action on oestrogen metabolism, this would imply that it has an adaptogenic action peaking out the highs and lows of oestrogen. Glycyrrhetinic acid antagonises many of the effects of oestrogens, particularly those from external sources (xeno-oestrogens).
- Adrenal Support: Licorice exerts steroidal effects of its own and demonstrates important clinical significance for the use in aiding withdrawal of steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.  The hormonal supportive effects offered by licorice may be useful in cases of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and adrenal exhaustion states.
- Immune Strengthener: Glycyrrhizin and glycyrrhetinic acid induce interferon - the body’s natural anti-viral compound. Glycyrrhizin inhibits the growth of several DNA and RNA viruses, namely, vacinia, herpes simplex, vesicular and stomatis viruses.
- Anti-Bacterial: Alcohol extracts of licorice have displayed anti-microbial activity against staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus mutans, mycobacterium smegmatis and Candida albicans.

The majority of its anti-microbial effects are due to its isoflavanoid components, with glycyrrhetinic acid and derivatives having a lesser antibacterial effect.
- Liver Support: Glycyrrhetinic acid may inhibit chemical induced liver damage. It acts by preventing free radical damage as well as inhibiting the formation of free radicals.
- Expertorant: Licorice is a helpful remedy for coughs as it facilitates the movement of mucus from the respiratory tract.
- Anti-Ulcer: Licorice derived compounds have the effect of raising the local concentration of those prostaglandins that promote mucus secretion and cell proliferation in the stomach, leading to the healing of ulcers.  Needs to be taken 20 minutes prior to food for efficacy ( see contraindications )

Dosage: 250 – 500mg 2 - 3 times daily.  The Commission E advises that licorice should not be taken for longer than 6-8 weeks.  Dosage is usually based on its glycyrrhetinic acid level.

Potential applications:
Colds and viruses – Licorice has long been used to treat common cold symptoms and is effective against a number of viruses particularly cold sores and genital herpes.
Pre-menstrual syndrome – Symptoms of pre-menstrual tension, depression, cravings, weight gain, breast tenderness has been attributed to an increase in the oestrogen to progesterone ratio. Both glycyrrhizin and glycyrhetinic acid possess anti-oestrogenic properties and suppress the breakdown of progesterone.
Addison’s disease – licorice exerts an ‘aldosterone-like’ effect that is useful in treating Addison’s disease ( a severe disease of adrenal insufficiency).
Licorice in combination with glycine and cysteine have demonstrated impressive results in treating chronic hepatitis B, one of the most difficult of infections for the body to deal with.
Licorice would appear a suitable remedy in dealing with candida particularly in cases where there is a chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) ‘picture’.  The anti-microbial effects combined to the adrenal supportive properties could make this appropriate in certain cases.

Known contraindications
The chronic ingestion of licorice in large doses leads to a well-documented ‘aldosterone-like’ syndrome, presenting symptoms of high blood pressure, loss of sodium and potassium and water retention.

Ingestion of licorice, (more than 3 grams per day for more than 6 weeks) or gycyrrhizin (more than 100mgs per day) may cause sodium and water retention, hypertension, hypokaemia and suppression of the rennin-aldosterone system. Monitoring of blood pressure and electrolytes and increasing dietary potassium intake are suggested.
Adverse effects are rarely observed at levels below 400mg per day. Eating high potassium, low sodium diet normally prevents the side effects of glycyrrhizin.
Not recommended in hypertensive patients unless under physician supervision.

Licorice should probably not be used by patients who are currently using digitalis preparations.
Avoid using licorice alongside Furosemide / Thiazide diuretics.

Useful links
Licorice can be used in combination with various nutrients and in various conditions.
Can be used with B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin C and rhodiola to help support adrenal gland function and to help the adrenals to increase its cortisol production.
In elevated oestrogen related conditions, it may be helpful to use licorice alongside the herb dong quai. The action of this herb to regulate oestrogen and the action of licorice to detoxify xeno-oestrogens could be a useful combination.
Used with antioxidants or immune stimulatory herbs, such as echinacea, licorice may give added support to the immune system.
Can be used alongside nutrients recommended in a candida albicans programme. Licorice, because of its anti-microbial action will complement herbs such as Oregon grape root and grapefruit seed extract.

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Viridian Licorice Root Extract Vegetarian Capsules (60)
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