Elderberries are harvested from the indigenous Sambucus elder tree and have been a source of nutrition and medicine for thousands of years. They are considered one of the world’s most healing plants. When consumed properly, elderberries have tons of health benefits. Elderberry is one of the most commonly used medicinal plants in every part of the world. Because of their high antioxidant properties, elderberry supplements are now most commonly used to help boost immunity, with the goal of warding off colds and viral infections like the flu.
Elderberries keep your immune system strong to better fight off infections. Elderberries are loaded with antioxidants, low in calories, rich in vitamins—including vitamin C—and a good source of dietary fiber, flavonols, and phenolic acids.
"What our study has shown is that the common elderberry has a potent direct antiviral effect against the flu virus," said Dr Golnoosh Torabian.
"It inhibits the early stages of an infection by blocking key viral proteins responsible for both the viral attachment and entry into the host cells."
Elderberry provides excellent health benefits and can help to:
- Prevent and ease cold and flu symptoms
- Relieve constipation, headaches, nerve pain, and minor skin conditions
- Reduce stress
- Protect your heart
- Tame and reduce inflammation