Liquorice: The root with the power of healing
A look at the power of the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra (Liquorice)
- Over 2000 years ago
- Tutankhamen and Kevin Spacey
- Don't eat too much
- Beef and Pork is added in most Liquorice
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Over 2000 years ago
When the Egyptologist opened up the tomb of the pharaoh's such as Tutankhamen of the 18th dynasty they found, not just a mummified body but many goods, thought to be needed in the afterlife including everyday objects such as bowls, combs, and other trinkets, along with food, jewellery, furniture, and other valuables.
Many mummies were provided with some form of funerary literature to take with them to the afterlife. Most funerary literature consists of lists of spells and instructions for navigating the afterlife and interestingly liquorice roots because it was considered to have strong healing powers.
Tutankhamen and Kevin Spacey
Not only in Egypt but liquorice was known as a "The great detoxifier" as it was thought to drive out poisons from the system, liquorice has been linked with many health benefits over the years it was and still is used as a cough expectorant, helping long term stress, relieving stomach ulcers, Gastritis and the good old indigestion
It's been used as a hang-over cure, and a helper for Constipation (My old mum always used to say" Liquorice gives you a good run for your money" Rumours say dieters such as Madonna, Lindsay Lohan, Brad Pitt, Anne Hatherway, Kevin Spacey and even the well-known chef known for his experimental cooking, Heston Blumenthal.
Don't eat too much
Liquorice is related to beans and peas, the sweet taste comes from glycyrrhizin and is 30 to 50 times as sweet as sugar the sweetness acts different from sugar as it has a slower inception and remains in the mouth for some time after.
PLEASE NOTE liquorice is safe, however "The European Union" suggests people should not consume any more than 50 g of liquorice sweets, and that’s enough for anyone.
As I mentioned earlier liquorice has many health benefits, today it is thought to be effective in the treatment of peptic ulcers and dyspepsia in combination with other herbs, in Japan Glycyrrhizin inhibits liver cell injury caused by many chemicals and is used in the treatment of chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis it also inhibits the growth of herpes.
Beef and Pork is added in most Liquorice
Pontefract in Yorkshire was the first place where liquorice mixed with sugar began to be used as a sweet, Pontefract Cakes were originally made there, although liquorice is good for Vegetarians and Vegans they need to be careful as most manufactures add Beef or Pork Gelatine , there are however a few the don’t and they are hard to find. Here are some.
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