Licorice root extract is a natural ingredient derived from the roots of the licorice plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra). It has been used for medicinal and culinary purposes for thousands of years in various cultures around the world.
The extract contains a variety of active compounds, including glycyrrhizin, flavonoids, and saponins, which are believed to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-viral properties. These properties make licorice root extract a popular ingredient in traditional medicine to treat respiratory and digestive issues, as well as skin conditions such as eczema and acne.
Licorice root extract also has a distinct flavor and is often used as a natural sweetener in foods and beverages. It is a common ingredient in traditional sweets such as licorice candy, and is also used to flavor tobacco products.
While licorice root extract is generally considered safe when consumed in moderation, it can have adverse effects when taken in large amounts or over long periods of time. It can interact with certain medications and may cause high blood pressure, fluid retention, and other side effects.