We have known coronaviruses for a long time. In 2003, it was proved that a substance called glycyrrhizin contained in licorice, works better antivirally than synthetic drugs from pharmacies. The study was published in the most important scientific journal The Lancet.
The antiviral potential of ribavirin, 6-azauridine, pyrazofurin, mycophenolic acid and glycyrrhizin has been studied. Glycirizine was found to be the most active in inhibiting SARS-inducing coronavirus replication (severe acute respiratory distress syndrome).
Glycirizine has high virus selectivity. In addition to inhibiting replication, glycyrrhizin inhibits the absorption and penetration of the virus into cells. The mechanism of action is not entirely known, but it is known to include effects on cell signaling pathways and the stimulation of nitric oxide synthase and its production by macrophages.
Licorice against viruses and microbes
Licorice root is a powerful antiviral agent. Its main component, glycyrrhizin, works against a wide range of microorganisms. It inhibits the ability of enveloped viruses to bind to host cells. Works effectively on enveloped viruses, among others
Nitric oxide inhibits the replication of various viruses. Glycirizine should be used for a short time, with long-term use side effects such as hypertension and reduced blood potassium may occur, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the side effects before using licorice root
Licorice will not save us from disease. But it will cause that when we get sick, glycirizine will inhibit the penetration of viruses through cell membranes.