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How Licorice Root Powder Supports Your Health

There’s a pretty clear split when it comes to the flavor of licorice root. You either love it, or hate it.

But while you’ve been busy debating that, you might have missed that the flavor of those black jelly beans comes (usually) from a botanical superhero that’s long been known to be good for your health.

In fact, the benefits of licorice root have been harnessed in traditional health strategies for centuries. The rest of the world is finally taking notice, which is great news, because this herb has an incredible array of benefits.

These days it’s commonly sold as a digestive tonic, to soothe a sore throat and help repair the adrenal glands. While licorice root does support these ailments, it offers even more.

It’s well understood that it can help with stress, infection and immune dysfunction, inflammation, digestive disorders, cardiovascular health, metabolic and adrenal imbalance, and a range of inflammatory, immune-related conditions.

Read on, and you’ll understand why licorice root is a winner. And before you get first dibs on the black jelly beans, why not head straight for the source itself.

Licorice Root Has A Long History

If you look at a licorice plant from above ground, it’s hard to relate it to sticky, pitch-black candy. The plant is a lovely green, leafy legume. But the key health benefits are found underground in the root.

Licorice is native to Asia and the Mediterranean region and the people there understood its powers early on. Across Greece, China and Egypt, it was prescribed for stomach inflammation and upper respiratory problems in traditional medicine.

The root is actually incredibly sweet, up to 50 times as sweet as sugar, thanks to its main constituent, glycyrrhizin acid. This also explains its botanical name, Glycyrrhiza glabra (or Glycyrrhiza uralensis), which relates to the Greek words ‘Glycos’ (sweet) and ‘rhiza’(root).

The Key Benefits Of Licorice Root: From Leaky Gut To Adrenal Fatigue

Glycyrrhizin is not only a tongue-twister, it’s also a collection of chemicals that give it the sweet taste and form a health superhero. It has a number of actions including:

• As a demulcent (a substance that soothes and heals mucous membranes)
• Antiviral
• Anti-inflammatory
• Decongestant
• Immunomodulator
• Hormonal regulator

Let’s break down how this works.

Steroid-hormones are substances secreted by the adrenal glands, which are involved in stress, immune and inflammatory responses.

Think of glycyrrhizin as a bit like a plant-based steroid-hormone. Nature’s anti-inflammatory, if you will. (Note: glycyrrhizin may increase blood pressure for those who are susceptible, as it has a potassium-excreting effect. To counter this, it’s also available in de-glycyrrhized form.)

Licorice root has other active compounds which may exert anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune-enhancing effects, such as flavonoids, polyphenols, and bioactive polysaccharides.

This herb has been studied extensively, so its wide-ranging benefits are becoming well known. Let’s go through some of the key benefits, starting with the gut and moving up.

Licorice root is used to help treat and heal ulcers, provide relief from indigestion, and as a gentle laxative. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory, soothing properties, it can be beneficial for those suffering from leaky gut syndrome.

It also aids adrenal fatigue. The herb supplies corticosteroid-like compounds, which help to reduce the load on the adrenal glands. At high doses it can increase cortisol.

It helps with metabolic and hormonal imbalance, and may help with PCOS by reducing androgens in women with symptoms of menopause, and with diabetes. It helps the liver too, treating liver toxicity, improving liver function, and even treating hepatitis.

Moving up to the heart, licorice root helps with cardiovascular health by preventing the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and lowering total cholesterol. It also reduces vascular permeability - or ‘leaky’ blood vessels.

We’ve arrived at the respiratory system, where the root supports immunity by acting as an antiviral, assisting immune cell function, and dampening allergic responses. It helps with asthma, sore throats and upper respiratory congestion.

And we’re not finished yet! If you’re looking to keep your mind healthy, licorice root is believed to have an antidepressant effect and to help enhance memory.

Want to look good? It also plays a role in skin health.

You could say that licorice root has got you covered pretty much from top to toe, so it was a no brainer to include it in our Athletic Greens mix.

Licorice Root Powder In Athletic Greens

Licorice root supplements can be found as capsules, tablets, liquid extracts or in powder form. We’ve opted to include licorice root powder in our greens mix.

While there’s still scientific work to be done consolidating the benefits of licorice root, it’s currently thought that between 150-300 mg provides therapeutic benefits, and up to 1800 mg is considered safe for short term use.

That said, there are some important things to consider when taking licorice root:
• Licorice root is contraindicated in patients with hypertension, gallbladder or liver disease, low potassium levels, kidney disease, during pregnancy or taking corticosteroids.
• Individuals with high blood pressure or kidney disease shouldn’t take licorice without medical supervision, as prolonged use (more than six weeks) at high doses may cause fluid retention, due to increased sodium levels and increased potassium excretion. This may cause increased blood pressure in some people.

If you’re all set to enjoy licorice root, make sure you’re getting just the right amount each day in your Athletic Greens mix.

You’ll be getting the right amount, but also a full range of complementary benefits thanks to other ingredients that it works well with.

These include vitamin C and zinc to help boost the immune system; citrus bioflavonoids to suppress and treat asthma; ginger to help with soothing digestive discomfort; policosanol, beta glucans and lecithin to maintain healthy cholesterol levels; milk thistle, globe artichoke and dandelion root to maintain healthy liver function; ashwagandha, rhodiola and eleuthero to help maintain healthy adrenal function; gotu kola for enhanced memory; and Alpha Lipoic Acid for treating some of the symptoms of PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome).

Enjoy all of these benefits in our greens powder, and trust us, your body will thank you!

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Frequently Asked Questions

For all its benefits, glycyrrhizin may be problematic because it has a potassium-excreting effect, which can increase blood pressure in susceptible individuals. For this reason, licorice root is also available in ‘de-glycyrrhized’ form to counter these effects.


Currently, it’s thought that you can get therapeutic benefits with a dose of between 150-300 mg , and that up to 1800 mg is safe for short term use. That said, licorice root can have side effects, so it’s advisable to see your doctor before starting any supplementation.


If you are pregnant or nursing please consult your physician prior to taking any supplement or making a change in your diet.


For best results, take one serving daily, first thing in the morning. For example, mix it into a delicious green smoothie to kick-start your day. Consistency is key to get the most out of your Athletic Greens.