Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.
Q. Dear Terry, “On a recent trip to my local health food store, I noticed a DGL product that was encapsulated. I always thought DGL needed to be chewed to be beneficial. What are your thoughts on this?” — Ellie K., Davenport, IA
A. Dear Ellie, For some time it was thought that DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) needed to be chewed to be effective. However, a clinically-tested, effective DGL is now available in a capsule form. In fact, new research involving this special extract of DGL has found that because of its high flavonoid content and antioxidant activity, it yields more potent effects than standard DGL extracts. Therefore, it provides benefits at a lower dosage – only 300 mg is needed versus the usual 1500-3000 mg.
I recommend looking for a DGL extract that is standardized to contain 3.5% glabridin, with greater than 10% total flavonoids per dose. I recommend taking the 300 mg suggested daily serving – just like the clinical research.
Terry . . . Naturally