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Licorice: natural ingredient of Zetastop

Licorice: natural ingredient of ZetastopThe liquorice plant also spontaneously grows in Mediterranean regions, including Italy, and is cultivated especially for confectionery and pharmaceutical indu-
Its botanical name means “sweet root” as it has quite a sweet taste that allows its use above all as a sweetener in candies or herbal teas. Of the plant using the roots and rhizomes, which are present even in the Official Pharmacopoeia.

Traditional uses of licorice

Licorice root enters into the composition of herbal preparations as a corrector of the flavor and when used as an antispasmodic plants with laxative properties. In old herbal preparations was recommended as a cough suppressant and against stomach pains.

Scientific knowledge of licorice

Today we know that the main constituents of licorice are flavonoids and saponins, including, in particular, glycyrrhizin, a triterpene saponin constituted by calcium and ammonium salts of glycyrrhizic acid. Complete the picture coumarins and phytosterols.
Extracts of licorice root have cytoprotective activity, anti-inflammatory and healing on the gastric and duodenal mucosa, in particular due to glycyrrhizin, either by direct contact with the lesion, either for indirect stimulus to mucus production by the cells of the gastric wall.

Licorice is therefore indicated in the prevention and treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers, for gastritis and ulcers caused by the drugs (NSAIDs, steroids), alcohol and mucositis from chemotherapy. Anti-inflammatory effect of glycyrrhizin is associated with the antispasmodic effect on smooth muscle exerted by flavonoids. Glycyrrhizin also has potent immunomodulatory effects and reduces the risk of cancerization from hepatitis C virus.

Licorice: natural ingredient of ZetastopThe plant contains Triterpenic saponosi-
des, glicirizzina, up to 6%), flavonoids (isoflavones, licoricerizine, isolicoricerizi-
ne), polysaccharides, sterols, coumarins and other substances. Licorice has anti-inflammatory properties, expectorant, soothing, stimulating the adrenal glands, laxative.
The anti-gastric ulcer action that has the licorice is given by the glicorizzine and flavonoids substances contained in it; it can, in most cases, to disappear the painful symptoms and greatly reduce the ulcerative lesions (GUTMAN-KANONI, Societe Nat. Franc. de Gastroenterologie, 9-3, 1953).

Licorice also helps to treat Addison's disease, which is due to insufficient secretion of hormones from the adrenal glands. This action was due to an active principle (18-beta-glycyrrhetinic acid) which has many structural similarities with corticosteroids, which would exert an action of ACTH-like stimulus directed specifically on the adrenocortical glomerular zone.

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