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Licorice is a no-go?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 12, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Up until a week ago, I was using licorice extract for digestive issues. Turns out, SCD says it can cause digestive issues...and apparently it's a legume? Does any use DGL for digestive issues, or should I lay off this since it's apparently not paleo-friendly?

Also, I now get an annoying gurgling while swallowing sometimes (of course, I immediately jump to something ridiculous like Zenker's Diverticulum). I'm assuming that's a symptom of GERD, right?

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on August 08, 2012
at 05:58 AM

^ LOL. You hear what you want to hear, right?

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on August 08, 2012
at 05:55 AM

Real licorice does, but DGL does not - that's why they recommend DGL.

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on June 13, 2012
at 03:41 PM

yeah, it's helped me a bit with my very low blood pressure and higher T levels.

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on June 13, 2012
at 02:54 AM

Agreed. Liquorice is an adaptogen, so for those with adrenal fatigue is actually a GOOD supplement. But for those who have high estrogen and a bad gut (like me), it is not great. So it depends on the conditions of each person, this plant has pros and cons.

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on June 13, 2012
at 02:53 AM

+1 Though because star anise sounds badass.

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on June 13, 2012
at 02:53 AM

It wasn't about the flavor, but about the herbal benefits for digestion. However, screwed up digestion + legume might not equal better digestion if that's the intended usage of the herb.

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on June 13, 2012
at 02:23 AM

A legume! Oh horrors! Licorice begone!

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on June 13, 2012
at 02:22 AM

Give me some good salmiakki salt licorice over that sweet sugary stuff.

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on June 13, 2012
at 01:30 AM

I came so close to buying some yesterday, so glad I didn't :)

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on June 12, 2012
at 10:52 PM

I guess if you like licorice a good alternative might be anise?

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on June 12, 2012
at 09:03 PM

It is delicious :'(

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on June 12, 2012
at 08:49 PM

Oh no! I LOVE licorice! Good strong Dutch licorice. :(

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on June 12, 2012
at 08:44 PM

Wow, that *is* good to know. My T levels are very high, I guess I need to drink some licorice root tea.

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on June 12, 2012
at 08:23 PM

Armanini D, Bonanni G, Mattarello MJ, et al. Licorice consumption and serum testosterone in healthy man. Exp Clin Endocrinol Diabetes. 2003 Sep;111(6):341-3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14520600

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on June 12, 2012
at 08:19 PM

Here is one study: http://medherb.com/Materia_Medica/Glycyrrhiza_-_Licorice_root_and_testosterone.htm

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on June 12, 2012
at 08:14 PM

Any links to these studies? I'm not saying they're untrue, but I always like to read such things :)

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on June 12, 2012
at 08:12 PM

FYI - Licorice is a potent phytoestrogen exhibiting estrogenic effects on the male body. There's already enough xenoestrogens in our environment - why add more?

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on June 12, 2012
at 08:11 PM

WOW! good to know. Thats a new one.

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Dd74e6399ae697d8603dc9aa74fbafae

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on June 12, 2012
at 08:09 PM

I am not familiar with how licorice impact the digestive tract, but I have read several studies showing that it dramatically lowers testosterone levels (up to 40 %), which is a pretty good reason for avoiding it.

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on June 13, 2012
at 03:41 PM

yeah, it's helped me a bit with my very low blood pressure and higher T levels.

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on June 12, 2012
at 08:44 PM

Wow, that *is* good to know. My T levels are very high, I guess I need to drink some licorice root tea.

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on June 12, 2012
at 08:11 PM

WOW! good to know. Thats a new one.

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on June 13, 2012
at 02:18 AM

In defense of licorice

http://www.livestrong.com/article/252613-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-licorice-tea/

Would paleos have chewed the roots? Probably. They're sweet.

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on June 12, 2012
at 08:57 PM

Licorice also raises blood pressure and is not good for a developing male fetus if the mother eats it.

Shame it is so delicious...

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on June 12, 2012
at 09:03 PM

It is delicious :'(

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on August 08, 2012
at 05:55 AM

Real licorice does, but DGL does not - that's why they recommend DGL.

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E8dd83fe24a0879d8b16ab4ca92b72dd

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on June 13, 2012
at 02:51 AM

I think the underlying lesson here is that, like with everything ancestral, it depends on the benefits vs cons factor. If you pay attention, and I'm not saying you all don't, most of what we eat is based on the pros vastly outweighing the cons (and many cons have been proven not to be cons anyways "see red meat myth"). If you take licorice, temporarily for something like Barrett's (I'll be digging those articles up when I can organize my damn computer) the benefits (treating a pre-cancerous condition) far outweigh the negatives (temporary high blood pressure/low testosterone). Wheat? We know that the benefits "fiber and nutrients" don't actually exist based on what we now know of fiber/wheat's anti-nutrients are far more potent and abundant.

I think I'm learning more and more of why my digestive issues increased.

If you have leaky gut, and take a bunch of vitamins, it's not going to matter for anything because your body isn't absorbing them. Likewise, taking licorice for digestion isn't going to do much because my digestion is so screwed up the licorice is unable to heal all the damage + is affecting other parts of my health while unable to do what it is intended to do. Seems odd, but I'm sure things often work like that (drug to cure inflammation is processed in the liver, but the liver isn't functioning properly so the drug doesn't work, but you still get itchy eyes--type of thing).

(That's a made up scenario, by the way)

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on June 13, 2012
at 02:54 AM

Agreed. Liquorice is an adaptogen, so for those with adrenal fatigue is actually a GOOD supplement. But for those who have high estrogen and a bad gut (like me), it is not great. So it depends on the conditions of each person, this plant has pros and cons.

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on June 13, 2012
at 02:50 AM

Flavor-wise anise, star anise, and fennel are the closest in flavor so you may want to substitute with those 3 (not related to liquorace).

E8dd83fe24a0879d8b16ab4ca92b72dd

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on June 13, 2012
at 02:53 AM

It wasn't about the flavor, but about the herbal benefits for digestion. However, screwed up digestion + legume might not equal better digestion if that's the intended usage of the herb.

E8dd83fe24a0879d8b16ab4ca92b72dd

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on June 13, 2012
at 02:53 AM

+1 Though because star anise sounds badass.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 08, 2012
at 05:58 AM

^ LOL. You hear what you want to hear, right?

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on June 12, 2012
at 08:17 PM

Indeed, another stealthy legume uncovered: licorice

Anything in the family fabaceae is colliquially "a legume". We don't always eat the "bean" portion of a particular legume plant, however, and licorice flavor seems to come from the root of the plant. (Jicama is like this, too.)

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on June 13, 2012
at 02:23 AM

A legume! Oh horrors! Licorice begone!

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