Liquorice, lemon & honey: No magic formula to boost oxygen levels in the body

Liquorice, lemon & honey: No magic formula to boost oxygen levels in the body

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Contrary to what a viral YouTube video suggests, scientific studies show that the nutritive value of home remedies to increase oxygen levels in the body is overrated. In fact, excess intake of liquorice or mulethi can cause cardiac arrest, among other health complications.

By Tej Kumar

A YouTube video (in Telugu that has garnered more than 41,000 views) claims that if one consumes a drink made of liquorice (mulethi), lemon and honey on a daily basis, it will augment the oxygen levels in the body. The video also states that the drink is so potent that it can fight coronavirus.

While liquorice is a popular herb that is believed to cure viral infections, the combination of honey and lemon is considered to be a healing elixir for a wide-range of health issues – from weight loss to acne, cough and cold. However, there’s no scientific evidence to support the claims made in the video.

In fact, the National Centre for Biotechnology Information in the US conducted a study that found excess intake of liquorice can cause cardiac arrest and other health complications. “Licorice extract has always been recognized as a sweetener and a thirst quencher. Its nutritive value is overrated by many who consume significant amounts and are prone to complications,” it stated.

Dr Nikhil Modi, consultant – respiratory and critical care medicine, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, said, “There is no evidence that liquorice, lemon and honey can increase the oxygen levels in the body or that it can cure coronavirus. If you have any reason to believe that your oxygen levels are low, it’s important to consult a doctor immediately.”

Choose scientific treatment over magic remedies.

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