How Licorice Root Extract is Used in Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel
Licorice root, one of the world's oldest herbal remedies, is one of the many powerful ingredients in new Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel. But how does it work to propel your body to peak athletic performance? Read on to find out!
The root of the licorice plant contains over 300 flavonoids, chemical compounds found naturally in many plants that offer a variety of potential pharmokinetic benefits. The versatility of licorice root is why it's such a common remedy in traditional medicine, used for conditions as diverse as digestive problems, eczema, and sore throats.
You might have noticed a key link between those conditions: inflammation. At least 13 flavonoids and 3 triterpenes in licorice have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, largely as antagonists to the receptors that control the inflammation response. The most significant of these is Glycyrrhizin (or glycyrrhizic acid), the plant's primary active compound that's also responsible for the sweet taste of licorice.
The implications of flavonoids on athletic performance are significant. Oxidative stress, the imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants, can cause cellular damage resulting in inflammation. Antioxidant-rich compounds like these can reduce that damage, stopping joint inflammation before it starts.
Antiviral and Antimicrobial Activity
Athletes in a variety of sports know about skin infections, especially those in high-contact sports like wrestling and football. Glycyrrhizin, along with at least five other compounds in licorice root, has demonstrated antimicrobial and antiviral activities. Its potential in killing bacteria on the skin, along with its anti-inflammatory properties, has made it common to find in topical gels for eczema. If you participate in a high-contact sport, particularly a combat sport with little protective equipment and mats or rings that can harbor pathogens, you may want to consider licorice root extracts as an addition to your hygienic routine.