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The Latest Research on Liquorice

March 3, 2012

Liquorice is a key component of the InnOrbit functional drink range and we’ve summarised the very latest research on it below.

Help in preventing fatty deposits & plaques

Studies have shown that Glabridin can actively promote the natural anti-plaque activity of high-density lipoproteins (HDL).  Results indicated that it is not the antioxidant capacity of glabridin but rather its specific interaction with the enzymes within the blood.

Anti-Cancer activity

Glycyrrhetinic acid is an active ingredient in licorice. Research has suggested that  glycyrrhetinic acid inhibits the growth of tumor cells by inititating cell death (apoptosis). Glycyrrhetinic acid was shown to inhibit the carcinogenesis induced by carcinogens. With further studies on mechanism of anticancer actions, glycyrrhetinic acid is being expected to have a good prospect of development and application for cancer therapy.

In a seperate study by Wu et al, herb components, including Liquorice, can scavenge harmful components such as radicals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and nitrosamines.

Improving Bad Breath

The deodorizing effects of the licorice extract, licoricidin, and licorisoflavan were studied by Tanabe et al.  Their research demonstrated, that liquorice components can neutralize P. gingivalis-derived volatile sulphur compounds.. Liquorice extract and its major isoflavans (licoricidin and licorisoflavan A) represent natural ingredients with a potential for reducing bacterial sulphur production and therefore for controlling halitosis.

Boosting Immunity 

Scientists studied the immuno-regulatory function of liquorice polysaccharide on cells responsible for immunity (regulatory T cells (Treg) in spleen and lymphocyte transformation ratio in tumor-bearing animal model). Glycyrrhizae polysaccharide from liquorice  can regulate the cellular immunity disorders decreasing proportion of Treg cells and increasing spleen lymphocyte transformation ratio.

Liquorice is a key component of the InnOrbit functional drink range (UP&GO, CALM&RELAX, YOUNG&FUN and SLIM&FIT)

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