Licorice root may combat diabetes.
Already highly regarded as a medicinal plant, licorice root may soon add anti-diabetic effects to its repertoire of healing powers.
Licorice root contains amorfrutins, which reduce blood sugar, are anti-inflammatory, and are well tolerated by users, according to researchers at Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin. In addition, the substances help prevent fatty liver, a common disease caused by excessively fat-rich diets.
While adding licorice to one's diet may be a sweet temptation, researchers caution that this is not a cure for diabetes; rather, the amorfrutins must be extracted and produced in appropriate concentrations in order to be beneficial.
Source: Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, www.mpg.de.
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|Title Annotation:||TOMORROW IN BRIEF|
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|Date:||Jul 1, 2012|
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