What is DGL?
Licorice root is a natural, herbal treatment derived from the Glycyrrhiza glabra plant. Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice Root Extract(“DGL”) is made from licorice from which the glycyrrizin has been removed. Glycyrrizin gives licorice its sweet taste, but is also responsible for some troublesome side effects, such as elevated blood pressure and water retention. DGL plus anti-acids has been widely used in Europe, South America, and Canada.
What Does it Do?
DGL helps with heartburn, respiratory infections, stomach upset, canker sores, and helps to heal ulcers.
Stomach Upset, GERD (Reflux) and Heartburn: DGL stimulates and accelerates the natural protective juices in the digestive tract, it can relieve stomach discomfort immediately by providing soothing relief for the stomach lining and the intestinal tract.
Stomach Ulcers and Gastritis: A study has found that chewable deglycyrrinizated licorice (DGL) tablets were just as effective at healing stomach ulcers and keeping them healed without side effects, as the acid-blocking drug cimetidine (Tagamet). Chewable DGL is also helpful in treating ulcers of the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine. Capsules of DGL may not work for ulcers, as saliva helps to activate the properties in DGL.
Respiratory Infections: Historically, licorice root has been used to reduce respiratory tract mucus caused by infections or asthma. DGL works as an expectorant, which helps thin out respiratory mucus, making the mucus easier for the lungs to clear out.
Canker Sores: DGL can be used to speed up healing of painful canker sores inside the mouth by thickening the mucosal lining of the mouth. Chew the tablet, and coat the sore with the paste, which will eventually dissolve. You can repeat this up to 4 times a day.
Health professionals with the New York University Langone Medical Center recommend taking two to four 380 mg. tablets of DGL daily. Typically, this herbal supplement is taken at bedtime or mealtime. Treatment with DGL should not exceed four to six weeks. For children, half the adult dosage is recommended.
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