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Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice for Acid Reflux – Does It Work?

Overview of Acid Reflux and Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice

Acid reflux is a common digestive problem that occurs when stomach contents move back to the esophagus. This leads to symptoms like chest pain, nausea, a hoarse voice, chronic cough, difficulty swallowing, pain when eating or drinking, or a bad breath. Many people with acid reflux have an uncomfortable burning sensation in the chest, which would spread to their throat and neck. This is also known as heartburn. [1]

Deglycyrrhizinated licorice is a type of licorice that is processed to remove glycyrrhizin for safer consumption. Licorice is a plant native to some regions in Europe and Asia. It has been long use in traditional medicine to treat digestive issues, female reproductive problems, and colds. There are more than 150 substances in licorice. Glycyrrhizin gives it sweet flavour and many inflammatory properties. However, it would result in some side effects, such as low levels of potassium, tissue swelling, and high blood pressure, if not used properly. This makes licorice extract not suitable for pregnant women and those with liver or kidney problems. That’s why people remove this compound to make deglycyrrhizinated licorice. [2]