Animal Researchsection" id="increases-cortisol-levels">Increases cortisol levelsSweet-flavored legume root supplies protective flavonoids, but may increase stress hormones & decrease T.
Primarily native to Europe & Asia, Licorice has been used in traditional Western & Eastern health systems for various digestive & disease conditions. Yet, despite a positive association with health and a relatively high safety rating, Licorice might have an anti-androgenic effect in men. Key bio-activities include:
- Increased cortisol. Licorice’s Glycyrrhetinic Acid provokes reliable increases in stress hormone cortisol levels.
- Decreased T. Glycyrrhetinic Acid also induces reliable reductions in serum T numbers, possibly directly interrupting T-synthesis.