Did you know, that liquorice is a super food for your levels of cortisol and ovaries?

The Glycyrrhizin acid in liquorice root activates the enzyme 11β-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (11β-HSD) which converts the active cortisol into its inactive form: cortisone. Extract from liquorice is also used when scaling down on adrenocortical hormones, such as Prednisone. If the  11β-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase enzyme isn’t active enough, then the cortisol won’t convert to cortisone, and the level of free cortisol in the blood decreases.

Through a negative feedback loop in the brain, the pituitary and hypothalamus send messages to the adrenal glands about forming, even more, cortisol.

Therefore, liquorice is especially used to treat chronic high levels of cortisol. But the Glycyrrhizin acid has an impact on the ovaries too by repressing 17β-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase which represses the formation of androgens from the ovary.

As such, liquorice is especially good for those with high levels of cortisol and with a high level of androgens.

→ You should try making a tea out of liquorice extract.

NB: Do not use glycyrrhize glabra (liquorice) if you suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension), kidney problems or if you are taking diuretics. Do not use liquorice, if you have suffered from oestrogen-sensitive cancer.