The Sambucus nigra, commonly known as the black elderberry, is found in Europe and North America. The fruit from this tree is high in antioxidants, and although it is commonly used in jams and syrups, it can have powerful healing properties when used as a supplement.
Elderberry is one of Mother Nature’s cure-alls. This versatile ingredient’s benefits are so widespread that the “father of medicine,” Hippocrates, is said to have described elderberry as his “medicine chest” in 400 BC. Ancient Egyptians used the herb to heal burns and Native Americans used it to treat infections. More recently, a study on the elderberry and influenza at the University of Sydney showed “compounds from elderberries can directly inhibit the virus's entry and replication in human cells.”
Elderberry is a top source of antioxidants and immune-boosting vitamins. The flavonoid anthocyanin, which produces the deep coloring of the berries, is high in antioxidants and key to supporting a healthy immune system. Recent lab tests have shown elderberry’s ability to decrease the severity of symptoms and duration of cold and flu-like symptoms.
Elderberry can be used to:
- Fight cold and flu symptoms
- Decrease inflammation
- Support heart health
- Relieve pain caused by inflammation
- Promote a healthy immune system while traveling
- Clear free radicals and oxidative stress that cause chronic disease
- Reduce stress