What is Quinine?

Quinine is an alkaloid, a naturally occurring chemical compound. It is most commonly extracted from the bark of Cinchona trees. [1]

Quinine Usage in Food

Quinine is found in tonic water as a flavoring to give it it's bitter taste. [1]

Other Usages of Quinine

Quinine has been used as a medication to treat malaria since at least 1632. [1]

Side effects of Quinine

Common side effects include headache, ringing in the ears, trouble seeing, and sweating. More severe side effects include deafness, low blood platelets, and an irregular heartbeat. Use can make one more prone to sunburn. [1]