Is Licorice Root The Most Potent Superfood?
Berries, broccoli, and (lately) chia seeds grab most of the attention for potent green superfoods, but the more I read about licorice root, the more I’m amazed at its nutritional potency.
In particular, it has a remarkable effect on tumorous cell growth.
The most famous compound in licorice root is called Glycyrrhizic Acid, which became famous after a study published in Nature in 1979 found that it singlehandedly reversed virus activity without affecting normal cell replication.
I just finished reading a paper that dissected licorice root and found 7 different chemopreventive compounds in the plant, and possibly more.
Licorice has a long history of chinese medicinal use. Modern science has a hit-and-miss track record with verifying ancient folk tales. (For instance, a lot of the performance enhancing effects of Ginseng haven’t showed up in lab results too much), but in this case, it looks like lab practices are a lagging indicator.