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Throat Coat Tea and Potassium Loss -- box of Throat Coat tea


The problem is with licorice root in Throat Coat tea, and this can also be a problem with black licorice candy and other licorice-containing foods.

Throat Coat contains a very large amount of licorice root (760 mg per tea bag) plus another 60 mg of a 6:1 licorice root extract, and these ingredients are likely to be the cause of your issues. Licorice root provides great flavor, but you need to exercise caution and moderation with it because it contains glycyrrhizin. Through an effect on the kidneys, glycyrrhizin in licorice root can cause loss of potassium, fluid retention, increased blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, and lethargy. Throat Coat has a warning on its box regarding these issues, although the warning does not identify the causative agent — licorice root.

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