iquorice benefits the health in various ways as it strengthens bones and muscles. It is valuable in the natural treatment of bronchitis, sore throat, cough, chest congestion, mouth ulcers, peptic ulcers, kidney problems, lethargy, hair loss, and so on. Moreover, it boosts the immune system, supports the glandular system, and improves the efficacy of other herbs. Liquorice or Mulethi is also used as a sweetener because of it pleasantly sweet, woody flavor similar to that of fennel and anise. Scientific Name: Glycyrrhiza glabra Other Names: Licorice, Sweet Liquorice, Liquorice Root, Sweetwood, Mulahti, Yashtimadhukam, Jashtimadhu, Madhuyasti, lakritze (German), regliss (French), regaliz (Spanish), lakritze (Italian) Mulethi (Yashtimadhu) contains a sweet substance and a saponin glycoside, glycyrrhizin (also known as glycyrrhizic acid). It is 30 to 50 times sweeter than sugar and taste of sweetness in mouth lasts longer than sugar. On hydrolysis, glycoside converts into aglycone glycyrrhetinic acid and loses its sweetness. Yellow color of liquorice is due to Chalcone Glycoside Isoliquiritin.
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