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Published on August 31st, 2014 | by Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

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Licorice Root Reduces Dangerous Fat

A new study published in the journal Nutrafoods has confirmed that licorice extract helps reduce visceral fat among obese adults. The study tested 60 men and 60 women that were clinically obese with body mass index (BMI) scores of over 30.

For three months, they were given either a placebo pill or 300 milligrams per day of licorice root extract. Then they were tested for visceral fat using CT scans and measured for waist circumference, waist-to-hip measurements and BMI scores. The licorice extract group had significantly less visceral fat cells, lower BMI scores and reduced waist circumference compared with the placebo group. Previous research with the extract also showed similar weight-loss effects among human subjects.

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