Licorice benefits

Licorice benefit, Glycyrrhiza Glabra, Memory

By Veena Deo

In this article I am going to discuss Licorice benefits also known as Glycyrrhiza Glabra or Liquorice and how it helps to enhance memory. The causes of weak memory include stress. Strain, modern hectic life style, premature aging, and more.

In modern medicine Nootropic products are used as memory enhancers, by improving the brain’s oxygen supply, or by stimulating nerve growth. In India since ancient time herbal remedies now called herbal supplements have been used to enhance memory.

Mental and physical stress of the modern life style can be corrected by Glycyrrhiza Glabra or Licorice. It can help us to overcome many stressful environmental, psychological, physical pressures and tensions. Ref: Daniel B, Mowrey, Herbal Tonic. Therapies, 1993, 65-67, 319 – 330. David Hoffmann, Elders Herbal 1993- 232-233. Robyn Landis, Herbal defence 1997, 143, 274-284.

As per Ayurveda, Licorice relieves the problems of aggravated Vata and Pitta Dosha and comes under the banner of Medhya Rasayan or memory booster and enhances analytical abilities of the brain. Various scientific studies show that Glycyrrhiza Glabra acts as a memory enhancer and mental rejuvenator. The root and rhizome of Glycyrrhiza Glabra is an efficient brain tonic. It increases the blood circulation to the Central nervous system and balances the sugar levels in blood. (Ref – Permender Rathee etc, 2008)

Licorice or Glycyrrhiza Glabra helps to overcome mental fatigue. It enhances cerebral circulation and nourishes nervous system, thus helping to overcome problems related to stress and strain. It also helps to improve concentration. Research done for the memory enhancing activity of Licorice has been listed below.

Licorice benefits, Memory enhancing activity in mice -

In the present investigation Glycyrrhiza Glabra has shown promise as a memory enhancing agent in all the laboratory models employed. Ref: Dinesh Dhingra, Milind Parle, S.K. Kulkarni. Pharmacology Division Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, P.O. Box 38, Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar 125001, Haryana India. Division of Pharmacology, University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Punjab University, Chandigarh 160014, India.

The isoflavones glabridin and hispalglabridins A and B of Glycyrrhiza Glabra have significant antioxidant activity. Ref – Vaya J, Belinky PA, Aviram M.

Antioxidant constituents from licorice roots: isolation structure elucidation and antioxidative capacity towards LDL oxidation. Free Radical Bio Med 1997; 23:302-313

Researchers stated that Licorice shows significantly improved learning and memory on scopolamine induced dementia.

The protective quality of liquorice extract may be attributed to its antioxidant property by virtue of which susceptible cells get exposed to less oxidative stress resulting in reduced brain damage and improved neuronal function thereby enhancing the memory. (Ref: Dinesh Dhingra, 2004)

Effect of Glabridin from Glycyrrhiza Glabra on learning and memory in mice”. Glabridin appears to be a promising candidate for memory improvement and it will be worthwhile to explore the potential of glabridin in the management of Alzheimer’s patients. (Ref : Cui YM, AoMz, Liw, YuLJ college of Life sciences and technology Institute of Resource Biology and Biotechnology, Huazhong University of science and technology Wuhan, PR. China.) The antioxidant activity of Glycyrrhiza Glabra may be contributing favorably to the memory enhancing effect.

Now a days, it is a trend that people prefer multi herbal formulations comprising of these types of remedies that have negligible side effects. Today, the problems related to stress and strain like weak memory fatigue etc. are increasing at an alarming rate. So everybody is in search of herbal remedies. So looking into the need of the market, after extensive study, there is a poly herbal formulation for Memory support.

The multi herbal formulations that have Shankhapushpi or Convolvulus Pluricaulis, Centella Asiatica, Withania Somnifera or Ashwagandha, Bacopa Monnieri along with Glycyrrhiza Glabra or Licorice have higher efficacy to boost memory and improve concentration. The presence of Ashwagandha along with Licorice helps to control anger, fear and emotions. All these herbs have a “Rasayana” property; hence these memory enhancing formulation will help to boost energy levels also.

I hope the above listed Licorice benefits are useful to all people. In any case always talk to your Medical Doctor before using this herb.

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Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information on supplements is provided for educational purposes only. For questions or to consult Dr. Veena Deo, please send an email to


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