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Licorice Plus Review – Is it Effective?

By Sasha de Beausset Aparicio, MSc

Reviewed by Rebecca Williams, MD, MA, MB, BChir

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Evidence Based | Synopsis | What's Inside? | Health Benefits | Cautions | Cost | How To Use | Does it Work

Licorice Plus is produced by Metagenics, a company which has been founded in 1983, with the idea to extract and study the genes found in different kinds of food; this feature has been inspired from the cultures which have used foods for medicinal purposes for centuries. The product is a supplement made from herbal extracts, which promotes a healthier body and a stress free life, through some simple and yet effective ingredients. The exposure to stress has become a rather big threat to society, since its effects can be felt for months or even years, and it can really bring your performances down.

In order to help people fight off stress, Metagenics has developed this supplement that is able to promote a healthy cortisol metabolism, a much needed feature when encountering stress and other related factors. A healthy adrenal function is also an effect which is also important for our body, and the roots of this product can be used in order to prove its effectiveness, since they have been adapted from the old Chinese culture, which was considered to be the most effective when it comes to natural remedies. Any adult can benefit from using Licorice Plus, through a simple recommendation in order to prevent any unnecessary risks.


1) Licorice Plus at a Glance

The formula used for Licorice Plus consists of various herbal extracts, blended together in order to provide the best results. One of its ingredients is of course, Licorice Root, which has many documented files about its effectiveness and uses, but it is still ignored by many people. The company has exploited this ingredient to a great extent, in order to combine its uses efficiently with other ingredients. It has many therapeutic properties, against symptoms like depression, fatigue, and soreness, along with the help provided against stress and its harmful effects. It also prevents the breakdown of adrenal hormones, such as cortisol, in order to increase its effectiveness, by numbers.

Another ingredient in Licorice Plus is Ashwagandha, which is called an adaptogen, as it helps the body fight off stress and acts as a reliever, offering you a relaxing sensation which will last. Its uses can also go beyond, and it can be used also against depression and anxiety. It has a nickname, “Indian Ginseng,” and it has been used as treatment even in the African culture against many issues.

What’s Inside?

2) What’s Inside Licorice Plus?

Licorice Plus contains the following ingredients: Licorice Root Extract, Ashwagandha Root, Rehmannia Root, Chinese Yam Root, microcrystalline cellulose, cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, stearic acid (vegetable), silica, and coating (water, hypromellose, medium chain triglycerides, and hydroxypropylcellulose).

You can also find licorice root in Stonehenge Health Dynamic Brain.

3) Does Licorice Plus Work?

This herbal blend of ingredients presents with four active ingredients that have a traditional use that ranges from many years.

Licorice is one of the active ingredients in this formula and is a plant that is commonly used to flavor foods, but it also presents with a root that can be utilized as medicine. This ingredient has been found to prevent the breakdown of adrenal hormones like cortisol and thus offers with stress fighting properties. The use of this plant has been associated with several side effects, such as high blood pressure, weakness, paralysis, or low potassium in the blood.

Ashwagandha is also an active ingredient that can be found in this formula, being a plant that has roots and berries that have therapeutic qualities and can be used as medicine. This plant presents with several benefits that regard general health, being effective with anxiety, arthritis, insomnia, asthma, or hiccups. This ingredient also has an adaptogenic response that helps the body cope with daily stress and is used as a general tonic. This plant is considered to be possibly safe if taken a short term; large doses have been associated with stomach upset, vomiting, or diarrhea.

The manufacturer states a warning that pregnant or nursing women are not to use this formula. Also, people that have heart disease or hypertension are not advised to use it as well.

The suggested use is for two tablets one or two times per day.

There are online testimonials about Licorice Plus. What is being said includes the following:

  • I take this to keep the cortisol level balanced through the day, so I have energy in the evenings.

  • I’ve used this product on and off for years, and it is my favorite licorice product.

Health Benefits

4) Licorice Plus Health Benefits

  • The overrun feeling will go away, and stress will be a matter of the past
  • You will get a new sense of vitality, which will allow you to better become the strongest version of yourself
  • It contains ingredients which have been used and proved effective in other cultures, such as “Indian Ginseng”
  • It does not contain any harmful side-effects

5) What You Need to Know Before Taking Licorice Plus

  • FDA has not yet approved this supplement
  • If the recommended dosage of 600mg of glycyrrhizic acid is exceeded, there is a high risk in getting an increased blood pressure

6) Licorice Plus Cost

The price of this formula is a medium one and is affordable considering the fact that each 60 tablet container provides a one month supply, at the suggested use of two tablets per day. The manufacturer offers several purchasing options, directly from their website, from a partner healthcare practitioners, or from both physical as well as online retailers. To purchase it from their website, a code has first to be obtained; this code is made available by the above-mentioned healthcare practitioners. This company does not present any free trials or money back guarantee for this product.

How To Use

7) How to Use Licorice Plus

No side effects of Licorice Plus have been reported thus far, due to the company’s way of increasing the safety and effectiveness of their products. The recommended dosage should consist of two tablets, one to two times per day, but it is a matter which is decided by your healthcare specialist.

Does it Work

8) Bottom Line – Does It Really Work?

Licorice Plus is a product, which was created by a great company with a lot of knowledge about genetics and the way that things work for us, especially ingredients which are mixed and made into supplements. This particular product is addresed to really stressed out people, as this issue can become a serious trouble maker. The herbal formulation acts in such a way that you will feel relaxed and full of vitality, and your cortisol metabolism levels will be set back to a normal in order to negate stress. In order to prevent any side effects from occurring you may consider going to a healthcare practitioner.

2.8/5 - (5 votes)
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Lisa K

I’ve had to stop taking it. My blood pressure is off the chart in my unprof opinion. Normal BP for me was 120/60. It’s 182/102 right now. I’ve stopped taking it 12 days ago and BP is not coming down. Taking activated charcoal to try to get it out of my system. Anyone know how long it will take or if there is a different way to eliminate it from my system. Does anyone know if Licorice-plus make blood pressure high forever? I’m petrified. Dr just said to stop taking the supplement, but after 12 days it’s still scary high. My head feels like it’s in a vise. Please help. Respectfully Lisa K

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This stuff has been messing with my eyesight. The directions say to take one tablet daily. I am going to have to stop it since it messes with my vision. I couldn’t tell anything other than the loss of eyesight was happening.

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Last edited 3 years ago by Jill

I started taking this on Monday, and since the I’ve been waking up at 0300 every morning…

Rachel Wieringa

Wonderful product for stress and fatigue. Everyone I run out I notice it…and buy again. Thank you!


My doctor wants me to take this twice a day without meals. What exactly does that mean? Can I eat soon after taking? How long do I have to wait after lunch or breakfast? Does coffee count as interference? What about tyhroid pills first thing in the morning before food. Should I wait til later to take this one separately?
Many questions.

Iulian (Editor)
Reply to  Ric

“Without meals” usually means that you should take Metagenics Licorice at least 30 minutes before eating.

Butch Mais

I was so stressed out at work lately, that i have not even been able to communicate with my family. Nowadays I discovered this supplement and i swear it really does the trick!