Did You Know About Healing Benefits of Elderberry?
The Amazing Health Benefits of Elderberry (includes Elderberry Herb Syrup Recipe!)
Elisha McFarland N.D. | Wake Up World
The elderberry and flowers are used to make wines, cordials, marmalades, jelly, syrups and medicinals. This wonderful fruit grows in many regions of North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa. The most commonly used variety is the European elderberry (Sambucus nigra), as it offers the most health benefits and is also the only variety considered to be non-toxic, even when raw.
Studies have found that elderberry helps to ease flu symptoms such as fever, headache, sore throat, fatigue, cough and body aches. The greatest benefit is achieved when elderberry is started within 24 to 48 hours of the symptoms. One study found that elderberry could cut the duration of flu symptoms by more than 50%.
Elderberries contain vitamin A, C, D, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper and selenium. They also contain flavonoids such as quercetin, which accounts for the therapeutic action of the flowers and berries.
The elderberry has strong antiviral effects. It is recommended as a daily tonic throughout the cold and flu season. It can also be used as a tonic for arthritis and rheumatism.
Elderberries contain the highest levels of anthocyanins of any fruit, almost 5 times higher than blueberries. Anthocyanins are powerful antioxidants which have immune stimulating properties.
Research shows that elderberry possess significantly more antioxidant capacity than vitamin C and vitamin E.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, evidence suggests that elderberry may decrease swelling in mucous membranes, such as the sinuses, and relieve nasal congestion.
Conditions that benefit from elderberry use:
- Bacterial and viral infections
- Coughs, colds and flu
- Hay fever
- Nasal and chest congestion
- Sinus infections
- Sore throat
- Yeast infections
Do not harvest your own elderberry, unless you know it is the Sambucus nigra variety as some varieties of elderberry are toxic.
Do not harvest elderberries from along roadsides or in the wild as they may be contaminated with herbicides and pesticides.
If you have any allergies to honeysuckle, you should avoid elderberries.
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