The age-old snack is so good for us, some are calling it "the medicinal plant of 2012."
A new treatment for diabetes may have just been identified from the most unlikely source: the basic ingredient of a candy.
Licorice root, the raw material for licorice candy, has now been hailed as containing substances with an anti-diabetic effect. These molecules reduce blood sugar and possess anti-inflammatory properties.
And even more important: they are extremely well tolerated by the human body.
Because of its beneficial effects, the licorice root has been dubbed the 'Medicinal plant of 2012.'
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The licorice root has been used as a traditional healer since ancient times. Certain forms of licorice root have already been shown to calm the digestive system and ameliorate respiratory ailments in humans. Because of its beneficial effects, the licorice root has been dubbed the "Medicinal plant of 2012."
Now scientists have discovered that licorice root from the papilionaceae or leguminous family might also be effective in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. This form of diabetes affects humans who are usually overweight or obese, causing the body becoming resistant to insulin. So far, treatments for type 2 diabetes have been developed but none of them halt disease progression. Many clinicians believe that the best treatment for type 2 diabetes is to prevent it before it starts.