Liquorice & Obesity
18β-Glycyrrhetinic acid (18β-GA) one of the key components of liquorice was studied by Moon et al
(Biochemical and biophysical research communications, Apr 10, 2012). They suggest various pharmacological properties including anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial activities including anti-obesity activity.
Adipocytes, or lipocytes, and fat cells, are cells that primarily compose of adiposetissue and specialise in storing energy as fat.
The results indicate that 18β-GA alters fat mass by directly affecting adipogenesis in maturing preadipocytes and lipolysis in matured adipocytes. Thus, 18β-GA may be useful for the treatment of obesity.
Liquorice is a key ingredient of the Natural Health Drink SLIM&FIT from The Wise Herb Company