Is Licorice Root Herbal Tea Dangerous?

Andres Nava tao te tea owner

Andres Nava

 Tea enthusaiast and owner of Tao Te Tea

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), licorice root does have the potential to be dangerous if consumed excessively.

To get a better understanding of what excessive is, UMMC defined a standard dosage for licorice tea as 1 to 5 grams of dried licorice root steeped in boiling water. UMMC further states that it may be consumed three times daily for medicinal purposes.

UMMC also states that licorice should not be consumed longer than four to six weeks and is unsuitable for pregnant women.

Benefits of Licorice Tea

Licorice root can be useful for reducing phlegm and other upper-respiratory symptoms, such as sore throat and coughing. Licorice root is also used to treat ulcer symptoms, canker sores, acid reflux, and indigestion.

Side Effects

Licorice root may contain a substance called glycyrrhizin. If your tea contains glycyrrhizin, you could experience serious side effects, according to the UMMC, including hormonal problems, headaches, fatigue, high blood pressure, water retention, and heart attacks. Higher doses of licorice tend to pose the most glycyrrhizin-related risks. Lesser amounts of licorice can cause arm and leg numbness and muscle pain.

Other Dangers of Licorice Root

Licorice may interfere with medications, including high blood pressure medications, corticosteroid medications and antidepressants known as MAO inhibitors.



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