May 23, 2011

The Licorice Benefits

Many people are wondering about licorice benefits. Licorice is a herbal plant which is cultivated for its roots. It is derived from Southern Europe and some parts of Asian countries. In the united states licorice is popular as black licorice.

Licorice Benefits
Licorice is often used as a herbal remedy to treat common respiratory problem like bronchitis, cold, and sore throat. Peptic ulcers treatment is one of the most common therapeutic uses of licorice. Some studies have proved the benefit of black licorice benefits to cure stomach and gastric ulcers.

Licorice benefit can stimulate and improve the chemical compounds level which is called interferons. These chemicals are very important to fight against viral infections. 

In European countries,  licorice is used as herbal remedy to treat both viral hepatitis B and C. As licorice has ability to strengthen immune system to fight against viral infectious agents, in addition, it can also be used for cold sores and genital herpes, caused by the herpes simplex virus.

Licorice contains flavonoids, which are phytoestrogenic in nature. Because of this, it can have significant benefits for women experiencing the symptoms of menopause and premenstrual syndrome.

An interesting finding about the licorice benefits is that it can protect the heart from the damage caused by the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which is a major contributory factor for several heart and cardiovascular diseases..

How to Make Licorice

Black Licorice Recipe

  • Butter - 1 cup
  • White sugar - 2 cups
  • Sweetened condensed milk - 1 (14 ounce) can
  • Corn syrup - 1 cup
  • Salt - 1/8 teaspoon
  • Anise extract - 1 teaspoon
  • Black paste food coloring

- First take a 9 by 9 inches baking dish with buttered foil. 

- Then place butter in a larger saucepan and melt it over medium heat. 
- Add sugar, corn syrup, milk and salt to it and bring the mixture to boil. 
- Keep stirring the mixture until it boils and then continue heating it but stop stirring. 
- Heat the mixture until it attains 242 degree Fahrenheit. 
- Then, remove it from heat and add black food coloring and anise to it. 
- Pour this liquid into the pan and leave it to cool for several hours. 
- Once it cools completely, remove the foil and cut it into required shape with help of a butter knife. 
- You can wrap these pieces in waxed paper.

After knowing the licorice benefits, now you can consume licorice as you wish. But be aware to not consume it in excess

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