- High in antioxidants
- Source of vitamin A and B
- Rich in flavonoids
- Fights infection
- High in vitamin C
Elderberry is a common, shrubby tree, that grow large clusters of small, bluish-purple berries. These berries contain concentrated amounts of vitamin C, flavinoids, fruit acids, and anthocyanic pigments. They are also an excellent source for vitamins A and B, and have been purported to have possess antiviral properties.
Elderberry's use as a flu remedy dates back to ancient Roman times. More recent studies have shown that Elderberry consumption will improve flu symptoms within three days. Other studies have shown elderberries to be effective effective against eight different strains of influenza. This fact alone gives it a stronger record than any synthetic vaccine being offered at a clinic.
Native Americans have used elderberries to treat infection for centuries. Additionally, they have used elderberries to treat most symptoms associated with colds and flu, including runny nose, sore throat, fever, and muscle pain.
Elderberries are commonly used as an herbal remedy for constipation. They have been taken in Europe as a mild laxative and diuretic, suggesting that elderberries may also benefit kidney health.
Elderberries have been reported to have beneficial effects when used with antibiotics to treat sinus infections.
For high cholesterol sufferers, an early study reports that Elderberry juice may decrease serum cholesterol concentrations and decrease low-density lipoprotein also known as “Bad Cholesterol”.
Elderberries may contain anti-aging properties. Recent research carried out at Tufts University has revealed that elderberry contains four anthocyanins that work to protect endothelial cells, which line artery walls, from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.