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Glycyrrhizin Ammoniated

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

Glycyrrhizin ammoniated is the dried and ground portion of the licorice root. Ammoniated glycyrrhizin is prepared from the water extract of licorice root by acid precipitation followed by neutralization with dilute ammonia. It can be used as a flavoring agent in food items and vitamin or mineral supplements. Used historically for GI complaints, licorice is also used as a flavoring agent in the tobacco and candy industries and to some extent in the pharmaceutical and beverage industries today. The chemical compounds found in licorice have been investigated as cancer therapy as well as for their antiviral activity.[1][2]

[1] Drugs.com. Licorice. Accessed February 15, 2015 at http://www.drugs.com/npp/licorice.html

[2] FDA: CFR - Code of Federal Regulations Title 21. Accessed February 15, 2015 at http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm?fr=184.1408

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