The properties and benefits of liquorice 

Liquorice has many amazing properties. Apart from being a sweet, it is a natural remedy that is full of benefits for your health. 

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Liquorice has benefits and contraindications. As always, balance is the key. It can be enjoyed in different formats, such as the famous Juanola pastilles, the red or black gum spirals, some confectionary products and even as herbs for flavouring some liqueurs that contain liquorice. But what are the specific benefits of liquorice?  

Liquorice is used to treat coughs or other illnesses linked to the respiratory system, to improve digestion or heaviness in the stomach and to sweeten (or to perfume) foods and drinks naturally as a substitute for sugar. In case you are wondering, the properties of liquorice sticks are similar as, in this case, the only thing that changes is the shape.  

However, liquorice may have a negative effect on health if it is consumed in large quantities. Why? Because its main ingredient is glycerine which, when in high concentrations in the blood may cause toxicity.  

Moreover, due to its hypertensive effect, it is also not recommended that people who have kidney, liver or cardiac problems consume a lot of liquorice. Lastly, it is also not recommended that pregnant women consume a lot of liquorice as, according to various scientific studies, it may be dangerous for the unborn child. This does not mean that this food should be omitted: simply that it should be consumed in moderation, particularly in this case.

What about the properties of liquorice infusions? 

Liquorice infusions have properties that are worth highlighting as it contains glycerine, which is the main ingredient in natural liquorice, and which also has anti-inflammatory and antacid properties if consumed appropriately. 

Apart from the above, a liquorice infusion is particularly recommended to relieve inflammation of the digestive system, such as, gastritis. Likewise, it aids digestion and can be a great help in treating inflammation of the respiratory tract, such as bronchitis. Liquorice can be found in many infusions, along with other ingredients such as ginger, cinnamon, black pepper and vanilla, among others.  

Lastly, if in doubt about whether or not to take liquorice, consult with a professional on the topic to make sure of its effects in your particular case.