Around the world, components of licorice root have been used for centuries to improve everything from gut to adrenal health.
NutriRestore’s licorice product contains both components, providing a wide range of aid for conditions like POTS, for antiviral and adrenal support, for gut, esophageal, GI and urinary lining health, and low blood pressure.
Licorice also provides help for one of the most commonly reported medical complaints: stomach discomfort. It is extremely helpful for improving GI-related problems.
Stomach complaints can often be attributed to certain bacteria found in food. In order to combat the effects of undesirable bacteria, it’s imperative to have a healthy mucosal lining to stop organisms from entering the body and harming tissue. Licorice has been shown to promote bacterial balance by supporting healthy esophageal lining and mucosal lining in the respiratory and urinary systems and GI tract.
Glycyrrhetinic acid is the component of licorice that helps adrenal health and POTS. Shown to block 11-β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase, the enzyme responsible for the conversion of cortisol to inactive cortisone, this part of licorice is excellent for the adrenal glands.
It can also be beneficial for patients with low blood pressure because it helps normalize blood pressure.
Patients with high blood pressure should consult with their doctor before taking licorice.
Why We Love licorice: It helps with energy, the gut, and the immune system
For starters, it helps support people who feel run down by stress and are dealing with low energy from adrenal fatigue without being stimulatory and causing irritation.
The second reason we love licorice is that it is soothing to both GI and urinary tracts and can help heal leaky gut. Thus, many gut patients benefit from taking licorice.
The third reason we use licorice is that it has great activity against the herpes family of viruses (such as EBV which causes mono). Many patients with chronic fatigue struggle against viruses in general, particularly against EBV, and licorice can be extremely helpful in directly inhibiting viral replication and aiding the body in this fight.
Lastly, licorice is considered an herbal synergist and it helps increase the potency of other formulas. For this reason, we find that whether it is for helping the adrenals, the gut, or the immune system, licorice is often a good choice to add to a protocol for many patients.
Licorice is a must for my tired patients with low blood pressure or for those who suffer from POTS.
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