Quinine



 

Quinine is a drug to lower fever, particularly in treating malaria. It also acts to destroy the malaria parasites in the body. It consists of white crystals and has a bitter taste.

Tonic water may contain a little quinine which explains the bitter taste. Quinine is obtained from the bark of the cinchona tree which grows in South America and Southeast Asia. It can also be made synthetically.

 

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