Licorice Root

Glycyrrhiza glabra

Deriving it’s name from the Greek word ‘glukurrhiza’ which means “sweet root”. It is one of the most widely consumed herbs across the world and has been in used for thousands of years. It contains glycyrrhizin , which is 30-50 times sweeter tasting than sugar but doesn’t cause any increase in blood glucose levels or trigger insulin release. In addition to it’s use as a natural sugar free sweetener, it includes a host of other health benefits including anti-viral properties for chronic viral infections like herpes (cold-sores and shingles) [1] and Hepatitis [2] and a wide range of uses across cultures for millennia [3]. 

Such a tasty root that can fight viruses and has been prized for so long certainly deserves the super-food distinction!