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Liquorice Root Found to Contain Anti-Diabetic Substance, Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics Study


4/18/2012 7:23:21 AM

Researchers have discovered a promising anti-diabetic substance in the amorfrutin class of natural substances. It provides the raw material for liquorice candy, calms the stomach and alleviates diseases of the airways: liquorice root. Chosen as the "Medicinal plant 2012," the root has been treasured in traditional healing since ancient times. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin have now discovered that liquorice root also contains substances with an anti-diabetic effect. These amorfrutins not only reduce blood sugar, they are also anti-inflammatory and are very well tolerated. Thus, they may be suitable for use in the treatment of complex metabolic disorders.

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