Dangerous Health Risks Associated with Excessive Licorice Consumption

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned against consuming more than 2 ounces of black licorice daily for up to two weeks.

Glycyrrhizin, the compound responsible for licorice’s flavor, can disrupt electrolyte balance, leading to high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythms, and muscle weakness.

Excessive consumption, especially over prolonged periods, can be fatal, particularly for those over 40 or with preexisting health conditions.

Despite historical use in herbal remedies, licorice’s medical benefits lack sufficient evidence. Real licorice products list licorice extract or glycyrrhizic acid as ingredients, while anise oil substitutes pose no risk.

Experts also caution against licorice supplements or tea, as their risks may outweigh minor benefits, supported by a 2024 study.

Source: Oman News Agency