Liquorice Root is mostly associated with candies and sweeteners and has been used in food and medicine since long. Liquorice has many components that have proven health benefits. It has been used in herbal and folk medicines for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Studies suggest that Liquorice Root may help in weight loss. Under lab tests on mice and rats, Liquorice flavonoid oil was observed to induce weight loss by enhancing fat oxidation during light exercise. Liquorice Root was also effective in reducing body weight gain and fat deposition in mice.
Liquorice stimulates the immune system and has antioxidant properties. It is also known to have antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties. In a cell-based study, glycyrrhizic acid (from Liquorice extract) was effective in controlling the growth of bacteria.