What is Glycyrrhizic acid?
Glycyrrhizic acid is a natural compound in the saponin – triterpene glycoside compound class. It has a sweet taste and is the main component of liqourice Glycyrrhiza glabra root.
The use of Glycyrrhizic acid can be traced to ancient Assyria, China, india, and Egypt. Glycyrrhizic acid as a part of licorice is FDA approved food sweetener and has been used in China and Japan as a hepatoprotective drug against hepatitis.
Due to its triterpenoid structure Glycyrrhizic acid exhibits a wide range of biological activities like
- Antiviral and anti-parasitic
- Promotes and increases anti-oxidative activity
- and more
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