Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Reference: Baschetti R. Chronic fatigue syndrome and liquorice (Letter). New Zealand Med J 1995; 108:156-7.
Large doses of licorice extract, usually in the form of candy or chewing gum, may cause hypertension and electrolyte imbalances through a well-defined mechanism (de Klerk et al). This effect was seen in an adult female with administration of a simple decoction of licorice root over three months (Bergner). Researchers have recently demonstrated that doses of licorice root extract, delivering the constituent glycyrrhizin in amounts similar to that contained in standard medical doses of the root, rapidly and significantly lowered levels of circulating testosterone in males (Armanini et al.).
The herb rosemary was perhaps made most famous in the song "Scarborough Fair," but even before it was immortalized in melody it was part of every good cook's kitchen repertoire. It has long been a necessity in the preparation of some gourmet chicken and turkey dishes, and has been used for centuries to prevent poultry from spoiling. Now, however, the reason for its anti-spoiling effectiveness is known: rosemary contains many phytochemicals, including natural plant anti-oxidants that prevent fats from going rancid.
Centuries before Twizzlers, Good 'n Plenty and black jellybeans arrived on the scene, licorice root was revered by the Chinese, Egyptians and Greeks. The Latin name for the most popular variety of licorice, Glycyrrhiza glabra, derives from the Greek words for "sweet root" and "smooth."
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