Supplement 101: Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL)
October 20, 2022

Many years ago I developed a small gastric ulcer- but let me tell you the discomfort and pain from it was/is not small. Ouch. 🤯

There are many causes of gastric ulcers including stress, nutritional deficiencies, overuse of NSAIDs, coffee, smoking, alcohol consumption etc. 🍷🧀🍸 RARELY are ulcers caused by an oversection of acid. We actually need stomach acid in order to digest our food, keep bacteria out etc- and in order to protect the stomach and intestine from forming ulcers there is a thin protective layer called mucin.

The factors listed above can degrade the mucin layer (and sometimes H.pylori bacteria) which may lead to an ulcer.

Once in awhile my ulcer flares up, and that’s when I reach for the DGL. 🙋🏼‍♀️

Licorice has historically been regarded as an excellent medicine for peptic ulcer.

The proposed mechanism of DGL is that it stimulates and/or accelerates the protective factors which protect against ulcer formation. This mechanism of action is much different than antacids and drugs like Tagamet, Zantac, Pepcid, Prevacid, and Prilosec which work by neutralizing or suppressing gastric acid.

The standard dosage for DGL in acute cases is two to four 400 mg. chewable tablets between or 20 minutes before meals (you MUST chew them).
It appears that in order to be effective in healing peptic ulcers, DGL must mix with saliva. DGL may promote the release of salivary compounds which stimulate the growth and regeneration of stomach and intestinal cells. DGL in capsule form has not been shown to be effective.

SO if this sounds like something you may benefit from- I highly recommend giving it a try!

I linked a great blog review from my favorite ND expert @dr.michaelmurray.

And the only DGL I trust is by @naturalfactors! (This is not a sponsored post).

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