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    Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL) To Treat Acid Reflux and Ulcers: Is It Safe?

    Licorice refers to the root of the Glycyrrhiza glabra plant. The generic name “Glycyrrhiza” is derived from the Greek meaning “sweet root.”  Glycyrrhizin is 150 times sweeter than sucrose. This compound gives licorices most of its therapeutic uses. Licorice is available in many forms, either containing glycyrrhizin or as deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL). Deglycyrrhizinated licorice or DGL is product available in the market does not contains the glycyrrhizin from licorice. DGL for Stomach Ulcers In the 1940s a Dutch doctor studied licorice as he noticed his patients with ulcer had being cured by high doses of licorice extract. He found that glycyrrhizin, a triterpene saponin, is one of  the constituents responsible…

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    Ginger: The Science Behind It’s Therapeutic Properties

    Have you ever heard that ginger can help with sluggish digestion? Ginger (Zingiber officinale) has been used as a spice and medicinal herb by many traditions across the world for thousands of years. The rhizome (or underground stem) of the ginger is the usable portion of the herb. Native traditions such as Ayurveda, Native Americans, and Traditional Chinese Medicine used ginger for a broad range of symptoms in the body such as stomachaches, diarrhea, and nausea. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, ginger is considered a warming herb and has been used for at least 4,000 years for treatment of nausea, common cold, flu, arthritis, migraines, and poor circulation. In modern times,…

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    Top 4 Science-Backed Health Benefits and Uses of Turmeric

    The wonderful spice from India The health benefits of turmeric may seem like a recent discovery today. However, it has a long history in the Ayurvedic tradition, especially for digestive health. In fact, this brilliant gold spice has been appreciated in India for over four thousand years! While turmeric can have potent anti-inflammatory properties against cancer, and joint-related diseases, this article will focus primarily on gastrointestinal health and healing. What are the health benefits of turmeric? Turmeric is composed of three active constituents that are collectively called curcuminoids. The benefits of turmeric are largely owed to a powerful class of antioxidants called curcuminoids, collectively referred to as curcumin. The curcominoid complex…

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