Licorice Root Enhanced Formula Capsules (Formula 1)
Licorice root, or liquorice root from licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), a herbaceous perennial which is classified as a legume, contains anethole, an aromatic ether that is also found in fennel, anise, and other herbs used for cooking. They also contain glycyrrhizin, a sweet compound that is used in several food items. Glycyrrhizic acid, a compound found in licorice, is said to have abundant medicinal benefits. One of them is its role in the interference of the development of herpesvirus infection (Curreli F, Friedman-Kien AE, and Flore O. "Glycyrrhizic acid alters Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus latency, triggering p53-mediated apoptosis in transformed B lymphocytes." J Clin Invest. 2005 Mar;115(3):642-52). In another study, it also triggered apoptosis in leukemia cells via several mechanisms (Chueh FS, et al. "Glycyrrhizic acid induces apoptosis in WEHI-3 mouse leukemia cells through the caspase- and mitochondria-dependent pathways." Oncol Rep. 2012 Dec;28(6):2069-76. doi: 10.3892/or.2012.2029. Epub 2012 Sep 12). Glabridin, an isoflavan extracted from licorice, has been found effective as an anti-obesity agent (Ahn J, et al. "Anti-obesity effects of glabridin-rich supercritical carbon dioxide extract of licorice in high fat-fed obese mice." Food Chem Toxicol. 2012 Sep 4. [Epub ahead of print]).