What is Shikimic acid?
Shikimic acid is a natural compound in the that is an important intermediate in the synthesis of lignin, various alkaloids, and aromatic amino acids. Its name comes from shikimi – Japanese star anise Illicium anisatum which was used for shikimic acid tea, however, nowadays it is mainly isolated from Chineses star anise Illicium verum.
Main shikimic acid medicinal use is as a source for commercially produced antiviral medication oseltamivir, however, there are many studies highlighting shikimic acid as a multipurpose compound with a wide variety of bioactivities like
Also, there are ongoing studies of Shikimic acid derivatives for the use of cancer and bacterial infection treatment.
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