A male in Canada “overdosed” on licorice by consuming excessive licorice tea, which triggered his high blood pressure to skyrocket to hazardous levels, according to a brand-new report of the case.

The 84- year-old guy went to the emergency clinic (ER) after he took his high blood pressure in your home and discovered extremely high readings. He was likewise experiencing headache, level of sensitivity to light, chest discomfort and tiredness, in addition to swelling in his calves, according to the report, released today (May 27) in the Canadian Medical Association Journal

At the ER, the guy’s systolic high blood pressure (the “leading” number on a high blood pressure reading) was almost 200 mm Hg. Regular high blood pressure is 120/80 mm Hg. Physicians think about any high blood pressure measurement above 180 for systolic high blood pressure (or above 120 for diastolic high blood pressure, the “bottom” number on a reading) to be a hypertensive crisis that needs instant healthcare. [27 Oddest Medical Case Reports]

Physicians at McGill University in Montreal dealt with the guy with numerous medications to reduce his hypertension, and his signs enhanced over the next 24 hours.

Later on, the guy informed physicians that he had actually been consuming one to 2 glasses of homemade licorice tea a day for the last 2 weeks. This kind of tea is made from the roots of the licorice plant, Glycyrrhiza glabra. It is a popular beverage in Egypt, where it is called “erk sous,” the authors composed in the research study.

Taking in excessive licorice root or sweets seasoned with licorice root– consisting of black licorice— is understood to be harmful, according to the U.S. Fda(FDA).

That’s due to the fact that licorice root and black licorice consist of a substance called glycyrrhizin, which can trigger the body’s potassium levels to fall. This, in turn, can cause health impacts such as hypertension, unusual heart rhythms and swelling, the FDA states.

The FDA manages just how much glycyrrhizin is allowed food, however still suggests that individuals prevent consuming big quantities of licorice at any one time. (Of note, numerous “licorice” or “licorice flavored” items produced in the U.S. do not in fact consist of any licorice, however rather are seasoned with anise oil, which has the very same odor and taste, according to the FDA.)

In the existing case, the guy understood about the link in between licorice and hypertension, however he didn’t believe he was taking in excessive licorice, the report stated.

The case highlights a chance for physicians “to inform their clients with high blood pressure about the prospective unfavorable impacts of licorice to avoid licorice-related problems,” the authors conclude.

Initially released on Live Science