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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,

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Title Annotation:TOMORROW IN BRIEF
Publication:The Futurist
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2012
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