Liquorice contains over 300 chemical compounds and flavonoids. Glycyrrhizin, the most active chemical compound found in liquorice, has been studied for its medicinal properties. This perennial herb native to the Mediterranean has been prized for its nutritional and potential vitality properties for centuries. In fact, its use has been documented in Assyrian clay tablets and Egyptian papyri. Now Liquorice's incredible properties have been tapped naturally so we can all experience it to its highest degree.
The liquorice for our Solspring® Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Liquorice Powder is grown on farms in the Bahariya (Bahereya) Oasis in Egypt using biodynamic farming principles. The aerated soil and warm climate of the region create the ideal environment for hearty, healthy root systems. The Liquorice is fermented to enhance bioavailability of the numerous nutritious polyphenols found in the root. Use this powder in place of standard Liquorice to season dishes, as well as add to your favourite smoothies or as a tangy tea. From ancient Greece to Egypt to China and India, where it’s used today in Ayurveda practices, the versatile Liquorice herb is steeped in traditional uses. The scientific name for liquorice root, Glycyrrhiza, comes from "glukos" (sweet) and "riza" (root). And the glycyrrhizin compound contained in Liquorice can be up to 50 times sweeter than sugar.
When most people think of Liquorice, they think of the confectionery, however, Liquorice is a perennial herb prized for its nutritional and potential vitality properties for centuries. A frequently overlooked way to enhance and optimise your health with whole food is to consume herbs and spices – unprocessed and organically grown. Courtesy of their low calories, density of vitamins and minerals, and high antioxidant content, herbs can powerfully support your health. Some contain even greater antioxidant levels than many fruits and vegetables... Liquorice is one such herb.
Liquorice Biodynamic® Fermented Organic - Information & Points to Research
- Fermented, Biodynamic & Organic.
- Demeter Certified.
- Highest Quality Liquorice Available.
- Justified as a Superfood.
- Supports Peaceful Meditation.
- Might Ease Upper Respiratory Infections, Combat Ulcers, & Aid Digestion.
- May have Potent Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory, and Antimicrobial Effects.
- Soothes Sore throats.
- Balances Hormones.
- Sexual Potentiser & Increases Semen.
- Benefits the Nervous System.
Biodynamic Goes Beyond Organic
You can find lots of online shops or markets selling Organic Liquorice Powder, Certified Organic is a high-quality standard that helps you avoid harmful synthetic pesticides, fertilisers and genetically engineered ingredients (GEs) but your food may still lack important nutrients if the soil where it was grown lacks those nutrients. Solspring went beyond organic with this Demeter Certified Biodynamic® Organic Liquorice, Turmeric and Ginger Powders and for the first time ever, these products were also fermented.
The combination of bio dynamic and fermentation is tough mix to achieve. Breaking new ground, Solspring worked exclusively with the Demeter Standards Body for Biodynamic Certification to define and achieve Biodynamic Certification of the fermentation processes. This has never been done before… The end result is nutritious powders derived from Liquorice grown on small biodynamic tribal farms along India's serene southwest coast, combined with innovative fermentation processes employed by Solspring in the USA.
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Certified Biodynamic® & Traditional Certified Organic Differences
Of course organic certification was a huge leap in the production of food, traceability and peace of mind but now things are going further as we become more passionate about the quality of our food.
So let’s see how Certified Biodynamic® compares to NOP’s Certified Organic standards...
Most organic farmers recognise the importance of caring for their soil and may already be practicing some of the biodynamic methods – thereby exceeding the organic standards. Certified Organic is still a very high-quality standard out there. Certified Biodynamic® is quite simply a step up to an even higher standard.
If a farm is "Demeter certified" it means that it has also met the organic standard, even if it isn’t certified organic. Certified Demeter Biodynamic® is as good as it gets in agriculture – it’s the platinum standard for high-quality, nutrient-dense food.
Liquorice & Hormones
Liquorice root contains the triterpenoid saponins glycyrrhizic acid (GA) (the sweet compound), polysaccharides, over three hundred flavonoids, flavanones (such as liquiritin and liquiritigenin), and chalcones (such as isoliquiritin and isoliquiritigenin). After being digested, liquorice potentiates the action of the steroid hormone, cortisol.
In this way liquorice supports the hypothalamicpituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, sparing cortisol by increasing the enzyme 5-beta-reductase, the enzyme that inactivates cortisol, and therefore prolonging its half-life.
By increasing the production of mineral corticoids, Liquorice helps convert cortisol to cortisone on demand, and assists in the restoration of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) levels (an essential sex hormone precursor).
Highest Purity, Highest Quality - Sustainable
Ancient Purity lives up to its name and the Egyptian supplier is steeped in a rich history that goes beyond simply providing high-quality Liquorice
This exceptional provider…
- Was founded with the idea of sustainable development and the aim to build a prosperous future for the surrounding communities and Egypt.
- Continually strives to implement sustainability through a holistic approach that includes the four dimensions of economy, ecology, cultural and social life.
- Through their supply chain management approach, ensures they not only achieve long-term business relationships, but also contribute to the improvement of living conditions and the development of supplying farmers throughout Egypt.
The independent Egyptian Biodynamic Association (EBDA) provides the training and expertise needed to enable participating farmers to have their land inspected and certified as Biodynamic according to Demeter’s standard.
Holistic biodynamic agriculture, combined with processing companies in one closed value chain, enables our partner to produce the highest quality products with full transparency and traceability… for Egypt and the world.
To ensure we offer the highest quality products possible, we’re very selective when choosing our partners. This remarkable one is certainly without exception in providing truly outstanding Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Liquorice.
Support your Body Enhance your Health
How Fermentation Helps Boost Antioxidant Activity
Polyphenols (also known as phenolics) are phytochemicals, natural plant chemicals with powerful antioxidant properties. There are over 8,000 identified polyphenols found in foods such as tea, chocolates, fruits, vegetables and herbs. Polyphenols can be broken down into four general categories (with additional subgroupings):
- Flavonoids / Stilbenes.
- Lignans / Phenolic acids.
As a general rule, foods contain complex mixtures of polyphenols, with higher levels often found in the outer layers of the plants. As one of the most extensively researched wholesome plants, Liquorice Root contains a plethora of polyphenols including flavonoids. In their natural state, these polyphenols contain not only antioxidant properties but other potential vitality-supporting properties as well. The exciting thing is that when fermentation is used to enhance the liquorice, the concentrations and bioavailability levels of many of the polyphenols are increased. Below is a chart with a sample of some key polyphenols found in our Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Liquorice and how their evaluated levels compare with conventional (non-organic/unfermented) and even biodynamic unfermented liquorices. For the biodynamic unfermented Liquorice evaluation, we used samples from the same lot of biodynamic liquorice prior to it being fermented into our end product. This approach shows exactly how the fermentation process enhances the antioxidant content. This type of thorough testing had never been done before.
As a result of fermentation, the overall evaluation showed increases in concentrations of 20 Liquorice polyphenols and conversion of 12 additional compounds into their parental, usually more active forms. Both of these actions increased the antioxidant activity potential of the fermented biodynamic vs. the unfermented biodynamic Liquorice. In addition, because of the Liquorice Root raw material chosen, the active Liquorice compound called glycyrrhizic acid is naturally low in the product. This is important because many liquorice products contain excessive amounts of glycyrrhizic acid that may potentially lead to adverse side effects. By incorporating both biodynamic practices and fermentation processes, our exclusive Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Liquorice clearly stands apart from the rest. The bottom line… to date, no other Liquorice products that we’re aware of are both Demeter Certified Biodynamic® and employ beneficial fermentation processes in the final product.
Liquorice Biodynamic… Closing Thoughts
Solsprings fermented biodynamic liquorice provides remarkable benefits over other liquorice supplements. The liquorice is sourced from biodynamic sustainable farms: From community farms employing holistic regenerative farming practices, the liquorice root used in our Biodynamic® Fermented Liquorice is sourced from the lush Bahariya Oasis in Egypt. It delivers fermentation benefits: For the first time, in combination with the high quality resulting from biodynamic agriculture, an advanced fermentation process is used to reduce sugar content to zero grams per serving and enhance bioavailability of the liquorice. It provides increased antioxidant activity: Based on meticulous evaluations, our Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Liquorice showed enhanced antioxidant activity when compared to non-organic and unfermented liquorice samples.
“For her a day of pampering meant comic books, black liquorice, serious exercise, veggie curry and, above all, solitude.” - Salla Simukka, As Red as Blood.
''Licorice steeped in vinegar, with honey and cloves. It will give you some strength and clear your head.'' - Author: George R R Martin
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- Adults can take half a teaspoon (1.4g) as a dietary supplement. Or take it as directed by your healthcare practitioner. Do not exceed the recommended daily dose.
- Brand: Solospring.
- Form: Powder
- Size: 70g.
- Container: Glass jar.
- Storage: Keep in a cool dry place, keep out of reach of children.
- Estimated shelf life from purchase: 1 - 2 years.
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