As you could probably guess… I think elderberries are pretty awesome, and for good reason. They are packed with vitamins and minerals, and can be beneficial for many systems of the body and its functions. Add to that they taste amazing and can be used in many different ways, and, for me, versatility is key! This super food does have some scientific studies that show it’s amazing power… not to mention they have been used for thousands of years. Read on to find out more about the reasons that elderberries are awesome!
Flu Season solution?
According to the NIH (The National Institute of Health), elderberry extract inhibited the replication of human and animal influenza viruses. Elderberry is a promising intervention for reducing the severity and duration of influenza and the common cold. Some have said that elderberries may provide an overstimulation of the immune system, but there has been no concrete evidence to prove that. Elderberries have been used for a very long time as a safe way to support your immune system, and that tradition still lives on today. The NIH states, “we have not identified any cause for concern about the overstimulation of the immune system during elderberry supplementation.”
Furthermore, a study published in the Journal of International Medical Research shows that when the elderberry extract is used within the first 48 hours of the onset of flu it can shorten the duration of flu symptoms by an average of 4 days!
For my family, and many other families across the world, using elderberries is still the tastiest way to stay healthy through flu season.
Elderberries are naturally rich in flavonoids (Flavonoids are various compounds found naturally in many fruits and vegetables.Flavonoids are rich in antioxidant activity and can help your body ward off everyday toxins.) Including more flavonoids in your diet is a great way to help your body stay healthy and potentially decrease your risk of some chronic health conditions. These flavonoids are antioxidant rich and have been shown to reduce inflammation in the digestive tract. This is logical, as the immune system lives in the gut. Elderberries are also high in a compound called anthraquinone, which helps the intestines absorb water.
Speaking of inflammation….
According to this study elderberries have some pretty amazing anti-inflammatory properties.
Encourages healthy skin
Elderberry’s natural content of bioflavonoids, antioxidants, and vitamin A are thought to improve the skin’s overall health.
Additional benefits of Elderberry
Administration of elderberries with olive leaf extract significantly reduced the viral load from 17,000 to 4000 in HIV positive women (Konlee 1998).
Studies examining factors that may decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease have revealed that drinking juices with similar properties to elderberries is one of the most reliable ways to decrease risk. As such the investigators wish to determine the effects of elderberry juice on cognitive decline in a group of subjects at high risk for Alzheimer’s disease, those with mild cognitive impairment. Elderberry juice is a commercially available nutritional supplement and easily available to this population. (source)
Anthocyanins are known to reduce inflammation. Those in elderberries do so by inhibiting the production of nitric oxide by the body’s immune cells. Nitric oxide serves as a signaling molecule that triggers inflammation in response to injury or disease. By tempering this response, pain and swelling may be relieved.
Elderberries are a fun and healthy way to support your body in staying well. It’s best to keep things closer to nature. We make our Elderberry Syrup with all natural ingredients (that you can actually pronounce), organic herbs, and none of the bad stuff! Grab some today for your health!