How To Use Licorice Root?

What is liquorice root good for?

Licorice root is 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.

How many mg of licorice root is safe?

Licorice root has been used in daily doses from 760 mg to 15 g for ulcer and gastritis. Higher doses given for extended periods of time may pose a risk of hyperkalemia. The acceptable daily intake (ADI) for glycyrrhizin is suggested to be 0.2 mg/kg/day.

What are the side effects of licorice root?

Common side effects of licorice include:

  • Absence of a menstrual period.
  • Congestive heart failure.
  • Decreased sexual interest (libido)
  • Erectile dysfunction.
  • Excess fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema)
  • Fluid and sodium retention.
  • Headache.
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)

Can I drink licorice tea everyday?

Liquorice consumption is an unusual but well-reported cause of secondary hypertension. Excessive consumption of liquorice can cause hypertension and hypokalaemia, which may lead to cardiac arrhythmias and myopathy. This means no more than 10–30 mg liquorice, i.e. no more than half a cup of liquorice tea per day.