Elderberry is from a fruit bearing shrub native to Europe and North America. In the past 20 years it has gained research attention for it’s antiviral, immune boosting properties, as well as possible weight loss effects.
Health Benefits of Elderberry
According to the “The Pill Book Guide to Natural Medicines” authored by Michael Murray, ND only the blue and black elderberries possess the potent immune boosting properties. Rich in flavonoids, these natural compounds with antioxidant properties protect cells against damage and infection. Elderberry also contains vitamin A, B, high amounts of vitamin C and amino-acids. These nutrients boost your immune system and thereby can help you stay healthy and prevent diseases.
Two studies indicate that elderberry is more effective at fighting the influenza virus including H1N1 than a placebo and flu vaccines including tamiflu. The first study, published in the winter 1995 issue of “Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, New York” looked at influenza A and B in Panama 1993. This study found that of the 90 patients that contracted the flu virus were cured within 2 to 3 days when they regularly took elderberry versus the placebo group which required 6 days to recover from the virus. The second study, by B.Roschek, published in the July 2009 issue of “Phytochemistry” indicates that elderberry is comparable in efficacy to tamiflu and Amantadine for H1N1 viral infections.
Personally, my family and I take elderberry during cold and flu season to help boost our immune system and ward off viruses. Elderberry syrup is thick with a deep purple color and sweet-tart taste.
Our favorite elderberry syrup is Gaia Herbs – Black Elderberry Syrup 5.4 oz
I hope you are enjoying my 31 Days of Healthy Living Tips series this month.