More pressure with licorice
Licorice sticks, toffee bars, certain chewing gums, Belgian beer and even tobacco…
All contain a compound that affects steroid metabolism in our bodies. ￼
This compound, glycyrrhizic acid, prevents the breakdown of cortisol which then tends to increase our sodium levels while decreasing potassium levels.
Why might this matter? Because it changes our blood pressure.
Just 4 servings of licorice consumed for two weeks increased blood pressure.
And the more that is eaten, the higher the blood pressure.