Immune System Booster
Elderberries are a rich source of vitamins A and C. Also, hello antioxidants! The bioflavonoids in elderberries boost the body’s immune system by greatly increasing antioxidant levels.
Potent Cold and Flu Remedy
Elderberries have huge anti viral properties! A daily dose of it can help in preventing cold and flu systems while also reducing your sickness by up to 4 days.
“According to a study in the Journal of International Medical Research from the Department of Virology at Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem Israel, patients given elderberry syrup recovered on an average of 4 days faster from the flu then those who did not. A complete cure was reported in 2-3 days in 90% of patients in the clinical trial. This was compared to 6 days for those who took the placebo.”
Another study showed the berry was effective against 10 strains of the influenza virus! (that is a lot, more than the flu shot)
Sinus Infection Aid and Ease Allergies
Elderberry’s have not only antioxidant properties but also anti-inflammatory properties as well. Therefore elderberry syrup can help with sinus issues and act as a decongestant.
Having allergies involve an overreaction of the immune system so therefore the anti-inflammatory properties in the berry have the ability to calm inflammation, which can help with allergy relief.
Could Have Cancer-Fighting Effects
Edible berry extracts like elderberry extract are rich in anthocyanins and have been shown to have a broad spectrum of therapeutic, pharmacologic and anti-carcinogenic properties. In vitro studies specifically indicate that the elderberry has some chemopreventive properties, which can help inhibit, delay or reverse cancer formation.
One study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food compared the anticancer properties of European and American elderberry fruits. European elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is known for its medicinal use and contains anthocyanins, flavonoids and other polyphenolics, which all contribute to the high-antioxidant capacity of its berries.
American elderberry (Sambucuscanadensis) has not been grown or promoted as a medicinal plant like its European relative.
This study tested extracts of both berries to assess anticancer potential and found that both demonstrated significant chemopreventive potential. Additionally, the American elder extract showed inhibition of ornithine decarboxylase, which is an enzyme marker related to the promotion stage of cancer formation. Thus, elderberries show potential as cancer-fighting foods.
Dried elderberries are a fruit from the Sambucis Nigra plant. The berries have amazing health benefits and because of their ability to fight off viruses and boost our immunity, we take it daily during cold and flu season.
Elderberries are a natural remedy that has a very long history of medicinal use. Hippocrates, the ancient Greek known as the “father of medicine”, described the plant as his “medicine chest” because of the wide variety of conditions it treated.