Woman 'overdosed on liquorice'

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  1. Casshew

    Casshew Former Member

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    Experts are warning the public against eating too much liquorice after a woman was admitted to hospital after eating too much of the sweet.

    The Yorkshire woman suffered potentially fatal muscle failure after eating too much Pontefract cake.

    Doctors say she had been eating up to 200mg of the liquorice sweet a day to relieve constipation.

    "Her potassium levels were dangerously low and her muscles were very weak," Dr Raja Hussain of Pontefract General Infirmary told the Postgraduate Medical Journal.

    "She also had high blood pressure, which is dangerous because it can lead to a stroke."

    The woman recovered after four days in hospital.

    Liquorice contains an active ingredient, glycyrrhizic acid, which manufacturers claim can relieve constipation, colds, allergies, and even help people with ulcers.

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  3. gardenmom

    gardenmom Former Member

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    Dang! Somebody tell me if chocolate can kill me because I may be in physical danger!
     
  4. MysteryMomma

    MysteryMomma Inactive

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    I saw a crime show about how a women used Visine to kill her husband. There is an ingredient in it that can cause strokes to people with high blood pressure.....
     
  5. Arielle

    Arielle New Member

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    I've always known about the, um, "cleaning" aspects of licorice. If I eat too much (and I do so quite often), I spend a good part of the next day in the bathroom. Didn't know it was good for colds and stuff though.

    I'm with you on the chocolate thing. I could be killing myself with the stuff.
     

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