Glycyrrhiza glabra, also known as licorice, is a perennial, herbaceous plant that has been used considered as one of the world’s oldest herbal remedies. It belongs to the Fabaceae family.
The major active metabolite found in licorice is 18-beta glycyrrhizic acid. Furthermore, it contains flavonoids, liquiritin, isoliquiritin, isoflavones, glabridin and hispaglabridins.
Rather than its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, Licorice can be used to treat ulcers and cancer, aid skin conditions, reduce acid flux, ease upper respiratory conditions and protect against cavities. It is also used as a sweetener in the food industry.