Friday, October 28, 2011

Beware of licorice

A few days of celebrations of Halloween that focus on the sweets, the Department of Food and Drugs, FDA announced that caution should be exercised with the use of licorice. If you're 40 or older, consuming two black licorice ounces each day for at least two weeks, you can send to the hospital with irregular heart rhythm or arrhythmia.

FDA experts say that licorice is a compound called glycyrrhizin, a compound derived from licorice root. Glycyrrhizin can cause a decrease in potassium levels, and when this happens, some laborers experience abnormal heart rhythms, like high blood pressure, edema, lethargy and congestive heart failure. The government agency said that last year received a report a fan of licorice experienced problems after eating the candy. Many medical journals have linked black licorice with health problems in people over 40 years, some of whom have a medical history of heart disease or high blood pressure. Potassium levels return to normal when the consumption of licorice just. If you love licorice FDA suggests: No matter your age, do not eat large amounts of licorice at a time. If you've eaten too much black licorice and feel irregular or muscle weakness, stop immediately and contact your doctor. The black licorice can interfere with some medicines, herbs or dietary supplements. Consult your doctor if you have questions about possible interactions with a medicine or supplement. If you have experienced any problems eating licorice, contact the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

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