Licorice Flavonoids


Origin:
Licorice

Standards:

Health Benefits:
Digestion, Weight Management


Licorice flavonoids have various physiological activities such as abdominal fat-lowering, hypoglycemic and antioxidant effects. Licorice flavonoid oil (LFO: Kaneka Glavonoid Rich Oil) is a new dietary ingredient containing licorice flavonoids dissolved in medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). Glabridin is one of the bioactive flavonoids included specifically in licorice Glycyrrhiza glabra L. and is the most abundant flavonoid in LFO.

Licorice root is one of the most widely used natural products in the world, being safely used for thousands of years both in the East and West. Derived from Glycyrrhiza spp., especially G. glabra and G. uralensis (Family Leguminosae), it is now used extensively as a flavouring agent in processed foods and to mask unpleasant tastes of prepared medicines. In traditional Chinese usage, licorice is especially versatile; there, its uses are in four major areas: (1) to rid the body of toxins; (2) to complement other herbs in herbal formulas; (3) to treat ulcers; and (4) as expectorant, antitussive, mild laxative and in anti-aging.1,2

Until recently, the intensely sweet glycyrrhizin was generally recognized as the major active ingredient of licorice root. Although glycyrrhizin does indeed show many of the effects of licorice (including anti-ulcer, detoxicant, anti-allergic, etc.), it is also responsible for the major toxic side effects of licorice, such as sodium retention and potassium excretion, causing oedema and hypokalemia. Fortunately, we have now discovered that glycyrrhizin is not the only major active principle of licorice. The flavonoids also play a major role and without the toxic side effects of glycyrrhizin.3 In fact, a number of flavonoid and deglycyrrhizinated licorice extracts have entered the market during the past twenty years for use in ulcer treatment. But these extracts still contain significant amounts of glycyrrhizin and their flavonoid contents are not in high concentrations. In contrast, the newly developed LiFEÒ contains little or no glycyrrhizin; it is a concentrated extract of flavonoids prepared from Chinese licorice using a proprietary process

Studies demonstrated that LFO is safe when administered once daily up to 1200 mg/day.


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