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Health Benefits of Elderberry

Recent studies have shown that elderberry has numerous positive impacts on health. Read more to find out what it can do.
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From the amazing berry family comes another wonder fruit to make lives longer and disease-free with its proven therapeutic benefits– the elderberry. Whether you’re suffering from the common cold, you want to lose weight, or you just want powerful antioxidants to boost your immune system, the elderberry does it all, and more. Once you discover all the marvelous benefits this plant offers, you’ll wish you had discovered it earlier.

The elderberry that is commonly used for treating various types of illnesses is the Sambucus nigra (or black elder). A large shrub that grows mostly in the United States and Europe, it bears tiny white flowers and green berries that turn red then black as they ripen. The flowers and fruits are the repositories of its medicinal content and no parts of this plant may be eaten raw as they contain a chemical similar to the poisonous cyanide. There are other species available and some of them, like the dwarf elder, can be harmful. To be cautious, you should read the labels when buying elderberry preparations.

How Elderberry May Benefits You


  • Constipation. Drinking tea made from elderberry and other ingredients seems to increase the number of stools passed in people who are constipated.
  • "The flu," also called influenza. A specific elderberry juice syrup seems to relieve flu symptoms and reduce the length of time the flu lasts when taken by mouth within 48 hours of the first symptoms. Taking elderberry lozenges within 24 hours of the first symptoms also seems to reduce flu symptoms. Relief seems to occur within 2 to 4 days of treatment for most people. Taking a product that contains elderberry juice and echinacea also seems to relieve symptoms and reduce the length of time flu lasts. It seems to work similar to the prescription drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu).

What Makes Elderberry Work


Elderberry is a rich source of phytochemicals that provide preventive measures and therapeutic treatments for several types of illnesses. It is high in polyphenols, specifically the flavonoids, carotenoids, proteins, and vitamins A, E and C. Most significant among its components are the following:

  • Anthocyanins – a flavonoid antioxidant that has a more potent capacity to protect cells against damage than the vitamins E or C; it is found in high concentration in the elderberry, fives more than that in blueberries and twice the antioxidant function of cranberries.

  • Quercetin – another important flavonoid that has anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties, it also protects against calcium depletion that leads to osteoporosis, helps in maintaining a healthy heart, reduces the risk for cancer and most recently, has been found to sustain energy, increasing muscle strength and endurance. Elderberries have the highest concentration of quercetin among the berry family.

  • Glucoproteins – or plant lectins that have antiviral properties, protecting the cells from being infected by the cold and flu viruses.

  • Viburnic acid and tannin – present in elderberries, these elements improve breathing and provide relief from nasal congestion.

  • Vitamins A and E, and Vitamin C in large amounts – promote overall wellbeing and support skin and eye health, enhance the immune system and increase resistance against diseases.

Care and Safety In The Use Of Elderberry

  • As a precautionary measure, you should consult with your physician before taking an elderberry preparation if you are diabetic, you have been diagnosed with cancer, asthma or have an autoimmune condition. As with any other supplement, medications may be compromised with mixed with elderberry.

  • Never use unripe or raw elderberries; they are toxic in this form.

  • Pregnant and breast-feeding women should avoid using elderberries.

Elderberry supplements are available as syrup, in powder form, capsules and extracts. They can also come as lozenges, tea, throat spray and gummies for kids. You can buy them at local drugstores and online health stores. With all the good things packed in the elderberry, it may be time to take stock and think about adding it to your daily health regimen.

References:

  • European elder. Canadian Poisonous Plants Information System. Available at: http://www.cbif.gc.ca/pls/pp/ppack.jump?p_null=all&p_psn=121&p_type=all&p_sci=comm&p_x=px (Accessed 16 October 2009).
  • Kong F. Pilot clinical study on a proprietary elderberry extract: efficacy in addressing influenza symptoms. Online Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics 2009;5:32-43.
  • Tiralongo E, Wee SS, Lea RA. Elderberry Supplementation Reduces Cold Duration and Symptoms in Air-Travellers: A Randomized, Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial. Nutrients. 2016 Mar 24;8(4). pii: E182. View abstract.
 
About The Author
Dr. Matt Marturano, ND is a licensed naturopathic physician and received his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and also has a dual Bachelor of Science in Biology and Philosophy from the University of Michigan. In addition, Dr. Marturano currently is a member of the Michigan Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is the Director of Recruitment - Integrative Medicine for Orchid Holistic Search.
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