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This is an immune system enhancer. It improves both macrophage activity and
production of interferon. Liquorice extract also has broad-spectrum antimicrobial effects.  In addition, it is an antioxidant, protecting tissues from free radical damage, especially the liver. Glycyrrhizin is also an antiinflammatory agent and protects against allergy and its effects, most notably related to skin conditions. It protects the thymus from shrinking when steroids such as cortisone are used as well as enhancing the anti-inflammatory effects of cortisone. As far as immune support is concerned, this remarkable herb acts against numerous undesirable pathogenic bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, for example, and Candida albicans), but for many naturopathic and herbal practitioners this is the herb of first choice in dealing with viral infections (three 500 mg capsules four times daily during infection).