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Licorice, or licorice - a well-known naturalsweetener, which is considered a safe alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners, and is also used in folk medicine. However, not all so simple.

Licorice, which has a special flavor, 50 timessweeter than sugar. Also, licorice has an extensive history of use in eastern and western medicine. The active substance in the licorice is in the root of the plant. and is used mainly for the treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, including heartburn, indigestion, stomach ulcers, chronic gastritis. Licorice is also used in folk medicine to calm the pain in the throat. for the treatment of colds and even weight loss.

Most of the products from licorice that are sold inThe United States, are not dangerous to health. Unless licorice liquorice depresses dentists, because they stick to the teeth and make them black. The fact is that most of the confectionery products with licorice ... do not actually contain it. Instead, manufacturers add anise to give them a taste of licorice. The real licorice sweets can do you harm if you consume them in large quantities. Scientists from the US warn: a few grams of this black liquorice a day, which is enough to eat for two weeks in the form of sweets, can lead to serious side effects.

A large amount of liquorice can affectsynthesis of the hormone aldosterone, which is produced in the adrenal glands. Aldosterone helps to control the balance of fluid in the body, enhancing the absorption of sodium in the kidneys. Sodium retains fluid, which can lead to swelling. The fluid retention increases the pressure and increases the load on the heart and lungs, disrupts the heart rhythm. If you have heart problems, hypertension, diabetes, kidney problems, or fluid imbalances in the body - do not take licorice at all without consulting a doctor.

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