Nutrient Fact Sheet
Elderberry (also known as Sambucus) is a common, shrubby tree that grows to approximately ten feet tall and reveals yellow and white flowers in early summer, followed by strong blue or black berries which generally ripen around September. Reputated for their medicinal benefits Elderberries have been a folk remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa (Elderberry’s use as a flu remedy dates back to ancient Roman times)and the medicinal benefits of elderberries are again being investigated and rediscovered.
They are primarily recognised as providing natural support for the immune system and is growing in popularity as an effective remedy against flu and other similar viruses. There is an off the shelf cough syrup derived from Elderberries or check out here for an even better home made one. You can also make these Elderberry and Kefir Gummies for a great immune boosting kid friendly snack
The list of attributes that the Elderberry boasts makes interesting reading. The berries are similar to black berries, blueberries and other dark purple fruit and vegetables in their anti-oxidant properties. They contain concentrated amounts of vitamin C, flavinoids, fruit acids, and anthocyanic (which help protect against cell damage) pigments. They are also an excellent source for vitamins A and B which may help them to have antiviral properties. This berry works as a simple cleanser of the body as well as an antioxidant. Supporting the liver, immune and circulatory system.
Their high antioxidant activity may help to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, the circulatory system and also boost the immune system. Through boosting the immune and circulatory system it may promote profuse sweating which helps to manage fevers. Therefore with Elderberry consumption, flu symptoms have been seen to resolve and improve within days
Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice may destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People with the flu who took elderberry juice have reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not.
They are also seen to be a diuretic, an anti-inflammatory, an anti-catarrh, and may act as a mild laxative.
With all these properties they have been used through the ages to help treat and support the body through;
Most inflammatory conditions including UTI’s (they also may have a mild diuretic effect)
bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, sore throats, fevers, influenza,
neuralgia, rheumatism, sciatica,
and even hay fever (since they also contain quercetin).
Elderberry causes few side effects when used in recommended dosages for five days or less, However, for people using it for lengthy intervals and those who are pregnant may want to ask the advice of their health practitioner, preferably someone knowledgeable about herbs and their potential side effects.