Halloween is just around the corner. But if you plan on taking advantage of all the great candy sales to stock up, you better keep an eye on the grandkids.
You know chocolate bars aren’t safe when they come around. They’ll ALWAYS find your peanut butter cups, no matter how well you hide them. And the M&Ms disappear just as fast as you can buy them.
Before long, there will be nothing left for the trick-or-treaters, let alone a little treat for yourself.
But there’s one kind of candy I can guarantee will stay safe. In fact, the grandkids will never try to swipe it. You can leave it right out in the open… on the counter or on the table… and know it’ll still be there when you want it.
I’m talking about licorice, of course.
This “adult” candy isn’t just a tasty treat (for the folks that like the flavor). In another form, it’s a long-time staple in natural medicine.
But new research reminds us that it’s best to think of licorice as a “sometimes treat.” And why, when you use it as a supplement, you need to look for a VERY specific form.
Because too much licorice, or the wrong kind, could hurt or even kill you.
Black licorice can have a dark side
Now we’re not talking about the fruity red stuff some people call “licorice” here. You and I both know that’s not the real deal (and the kids will gladly steal that stuff).
I mean, genuine black licorice.
Besides being a delicious treat, all-natural licorice extract – which gives the candy that distinctive flavor – is also a very effective natural remedy for stomach acid problems.
But there’s also a dark side to this black licorice, as a Massachusetts construction worker found out recently. According to a warning in the New England Journal of Medicine, he DIED after eating too much of it.
You might think he was eating it by the bucket for that to happen. But it was really about a bag and a half a day.
Aim for safer snacking
At first, he was eating the red stuff without any problems (although I’m sure he kept his dentist busy). But then he switched to the black, and the bag and a half a day habit killed him within weeks.
The reason is that black licorice contains glycyrrhizic acid. The compound typically won’t hurt you in very small amounts. In higher levels, however, it can damage your kidneys.
Eventually, that can lead to…
- kidney failure
- spikes in blood pressure
- drops in potassium
- heartbeat problems
- potentially deadly arrhythmias
There are two clear lessons here.
The obvious one: Aim for safer snacking. Don’t eat so much candy. And limit yourself to an occasional treat. I suggest making that a little dark chocolate. It has some health benefits and can also help satisfy your sweet tooth.
The less obvious one: Be careful about which forms of licorice you use for stomach acid. Skip the candy, of course, and use a supplement. But ONLY use the safer deglycyrrhized form, aka DGL, to help cut stomach acid.
Oh, and men, there’s one more good reason to cut back on the licorice. It could turn the heat down in the bedroom. Click here to get the whole scoop.
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