Naturally Anti-Viral Elderberry
Effective Against At Least Ten
Different Strains of Influenza
is a natural anti-viral and has been used in folk medicine for
centuries to treat influenza, colds and sinusitis. It has
been shown in many studies to have antiviral activity against
influenza and herpes simplex. A 2011 study published in
Bio Med Central (BMC) demonstrated that black elderberry inhibits the
replication of both influenza A and B viruses, as well as three
Gram-positive bacteria and one Gram-negative bacteria which cause
upper respiratory infections.
flavonoids present in elderberries are the source of their remarkable
ability to control virus infections and increase immune system
effectiveness. The most active ones are anthocyanins cyanidin
3-glucoside and cyanidin 3-sambubioside. In lab studies,
elderberry anthocyanins were found to bind to H1N1 swine flu virus,
blocking its ability to infect host cells, exhibiting activity
comparable to that of oseltamivir (Tamiflu).
has been shown in cell culture studies to be effective against at
least ten different strains of influenza. Anthocyanins also
have an anti-inflammatory effect comparable to that of aspirin, and
has a pronounced effect in improving aches, pain and fever from colds
standardized elderberry product was shown in placebo-controlled,
double-blind, human studies to reduce the duration of illness from
seasonal influenza to as little as 2-4 days. The study at
Hadassah University Hospital in Israel, found that elderberry
anthocyanins boost the production of cytokines, which increase the
body’s immune function.
The juice of elderberries has been shown to reduce excessive mucous secretion and some research has shown that elderberries can reduce the swelling of mucous membranes and improve sinus drainage. Elderberries are a rich source of vitamins A, B and C, potassium and antioxidants. Some research suggests they may be a more powerful anti-oxidant than blueberries.
also protects the heart by reducing free radical damage due to lipid
peroxides, neutralizing lipid peroxyl free radicals, inhibiting LDL
oxidation, and significantly protecting endothelial cells of
the blood vessels. A remarkable recent study found elderberry
extract reverses high
cholesterol and lipid peroxidation.
elder is a plant native to Europe, Northern Africa, and Western-and
Central Asia. Its flowers and berries have a long history of use in
traditional European medicine. Elder berries have also been used for
making preserves, wines, winter cordials, and for adding flavor and
color to other wines. The branches and leaves are poisonous.
The small stem which is sometimes left on the berry is safe.
not eat raw wild elderberries as they are mildly toxic unless cooked
or dried and made into a tincture. The raw fruit contains a component
sambungin which may cause vomiting and severe diarrhea if ingested.
A commercially prepared form is the simplest option to be sure of the
correct preparation. Nature’s
Way Sambucus Black Elderberry Original Syrup, 8 Ounce is
an excellent elderberry syrup. There is also one especially for
Way Sambucus for Kids Bio-certified Elderberry, 8-Ounce.
For the convenience of chewable tablets, Sambucol
Black Elderberry Immune System Support Original Formula Chewable
Tablets, 30 Count is
the specific elderberry extract used in some of the studies. (As an
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