Compounds isolated from licorice root may help prevent cavities, according to researchers at the
More studies are needed before it is proven that the compounds effectively fight cavities in humans, caution Qing-Yi Lu, PhD, a chemist at UCLAs
Licorice has been an important herb in Chinese medicine for many years and is now being rediscovered by Western medicine as a rich source of potentially beneficial compounds. In addition to being used as flavoring and sweetening agents in candy, tobaccos and beverages, compounds derived from licorice root have been shown to help fight inflammation, viruses, ulcers and even cancer, according to the researchers.
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