We all know that munching on sugary snacks isn’t good for our health which can be a tough gig for anyone with a sweet-tooth, but fear not for there is still hope! If you’re looking for something healthy and sweet (and you’ve run out of Nākd bars), grabbing some vegan-friendly liquorice is a good way to go.
Taken from the root of the Glycyrrhiza glabra plant which has been used widely throughout history for medicinal purposes, liquorice has a fair few health benefits to boot, including:
Helps the digestive system
One of liquorice’s greatest strengths is its ability to contribute towards soothing gastric and abdomen troubles including stomach ulcers, heartburn and other inflammation issues affecting the stomach. Some people opt to drink liquorice root tea throughout the day to keep their bowels in tip-top shape - swap your coffee once in a while and see if you can feel the difference!
Liquorice is also said to help with cold and flu-like symptoms such as coughs and sore throats. The root of liquorice was used as a remedy for upper respiratory problems thousands of years ago and is still used by people today to help tackle various infections.
Next time you find yourself shopping for skin creams why not pick up some liquorice instead? The super sweet is used widely in herbal medicine as a method to treat common skin problems such as dermatitis, cysts and eczema.
Believe it or not, consuming liquorice on a regular basis is said to lower cholesterol. The flavonoids in liquorice root are thought to increase the body’s flow of bile, with research suggesting that bile acids account for the lowering of excessive cholesterol in the body.
A word of caution: Not all liquorice you can pick up from stores will contain the above health benefits, with many products using anise to flavour the liquorice as opposed to containing the liquorice root itself. Make sure to read the ingredients on the packaging before you buy!