Why You Need Elderberry This Cold and Flu Season

What is elderberry?

Also known as European elder, black elder, elderflower, or its Latin name, Sambucus nigra, elderberry is a tree that grows in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the United States. It’s a member of the honeysuckle family. The dried flowers and the fruit are both commonly used in teas, extracts, syrups, and pills, and they have a long history of use in Europe.

Today elderberry is mostly promoted for its antioxidant and antiviral effects. It owes its antioxidant prowess to the anthocyanins it contains. Anthocyanins are the type of flavonoids that give elderberries their purple hue. As antioxidants, anthocyanins help the body fight off harmful free radicals. Among small fruits, elderberry has some of the greatest antioxidant capacity.

A number of studies have suggested that anthocyanins may have anti-inflammatory effects as well—perhaps helping reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes.

The flowers of the elderberry plant also have been shown to have antioxidant properties. In fact, in a study that looked at eight different kinds of edible flowers, the flowers of the Sambucus nigra tree had the highest free radical–scavenging effects. Plus, they were the best at keeping lipids from oxidizing. That’s important because oxidation of lipids has been linked to many illnesses, including atherosclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, and more.

What is elderberry good for?

Elderberry has been used since ancient times as a laxative and diuretic. In more recent history, it has been used to treat colds as well—which is what it’s most well-known for today.

In addition to these more common uses, elderberry has a number of traditional uses:  

·         Sciatica

·         Other types of pain

·         Reduction of uric acid levels

However, while there’s anecdotal and historical evidence for these uses, they don’t have much science behind them. Most research on elderberry focuses on its immune-boosting properties.

Elderberry for colds and flu

Because of its antioxidant and immune-boosting properties, elderberry gets a lot of attention come cold and flu season. We are now selling Elderberry for only $15 give our office a call if you have any questions about Elderberry.