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Licorice Can Fight Diabetes, Maybe
Published on May 9, 2012 by Sara Foss

I don't have diabetes, but if I did, I'd be very excited by the news that licorice root contains substances with an "anti-diabetic effect." Why? Because I love licorice, that's why.

According to an item at The Atlantic:

"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."

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