Privacy Policy

"We protect your information like a mother hen. We will never rent or sell your email address. You can opt-out at any time."

Licorice Root Extract Fights Diabetes

Most people recognize licorice as a candy. But this versatile plant possesses potent medicinal properties. Natural chemicals in licorice can calm the stomach and ease breathing problems.

Another benefit: German researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin have now discovered that licorice root has substances with an anti-diabetic effect. These compounds, called amorfrutins, not only reduce blood sugar, they are also anti-inflammatory and have few if any side effects.

“However, drinking licorice tea or eating licorice will not help to treat diabetes,” explains research scientist Sascha Sauer. “The concentration of the substances in the tea and licorice is far too low to be effective.” The researchers, therefore, developed special extraction processes to obtain the amorfrutins from the plant in sufficient concentrations. This could be used to produce amorfrutin extracts on a wide scale.

“The amorfrutins can be used as functional nutritional supplements or as mild remedies that are individually tailored to the patient,” says Sascha Sauer. “In view of the rapid spread of metabolic diseases like diabetes, it is intended to develop these substances further so that they can be used on humans in the future.”

Filed Under: Alternative MedicineDiabetes and MetabolicDiabetes ConcernsEasy Health Options NewsNutrition

About the Author: Kellye Copas Staff writer Kellye Copas has several years experience writing for the alternative health industry. Her background is in non-profit fundraising, copywriting and direct mail and web marketing.

Facebook Conversations

  • Buck

    Where can REAL licorice be obtained , I have never seen it in stores , only the fake licorice candies .

    • Michele R

      Try health food store and Chinese herb stores.

    • http://facebook michele

      you can get them from holland and barrets.

  • rayees,desai

    can you give me detailed study of licorice extract how it will help reducing blood sugar is it safe to take and what doses on should take if the sugar level is around 250 all the time