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Benefits of Black Elderberry

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Written by Jessika Jacob

There is so much information to consider every autumn when flu season kicks in.  How do we protect ourselves against the myriad of germs and diseases that abound?  I wanted to share with you one of the handful of ways we try to keep healthy in our home.  Black Elderberry Syrup.  Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?  It is.

Black Elderberry Facts:

  • contain 5 times the amount of antioxidants of Blueberries, and twice the antioxidants of cranberries.

  • have been proven to shorten the duration of both Influenza A and B.

  • contain the most concentrated amount (of any fruit) of anthocyanins, a class of flavonoids that act as powerful antioxidants to boost the immune system.

  • are more powerful than even Vitamin C when it comes to their antioxidant properties.

  • contain anthocyanins which actually boost the production of cytokines, which are the proteins that act as messengers for our immune system, and serve to enhance the body’s immune response.

  • have a more potent anti viral effect than Echinachea

  • used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsilitis

  • in Israel they are treating cancer and AIDS patients with Black Elderbarry Extract

Here’s an excerpt from a Randomized Study of the Efficacy and Safety of Oral Elderberry Extract in
the Treatment of Influenza A and B Virus Infections:

“Patients received 15 ml of elderberry or placebo syrup four times a day for 5 days, and recorded their symptoms using a visual analogue scale.  Symptoms were relieved on average 4 days earlier and use of rescue medication was significantly less in those receiving elderberry extract compared with placebo.  Elderberry extract seems to offer an efficient, safe and cost-effective treatment for influenza.”

During the winter months we take a daily dose, most days but not all, of Sambucol brand Black Elderberry Syrup.  When we catch something, if we catch something, according to the package instructions we double or even triple the dose.  My toddlers say it tastes like candy, which is a bonus when administering to the little ones.  We rarely get sick in this house, and we by no means rely on Black Elderberry syrup, but it is a welcome addition to our regimen.  We also take food derived multi-vitamins, vitamin D3, a probiotic, wash our hands, and avoid others who are sick as much as possible.  We eat mostly whole, traditional foods diets, and get plenty of exercise and sunshine.

We all had a stomach bug about a month and a half ago, and I am kicking myself for forgetting about the bottle of Elderberry syrup in the cupboard.  Our bout only lasted about a day per person, but I have no doubt that it would have been less had we busted out our Sambucol.  In the past couple of winters, any time I felt one of the kids was coming down with something, we had great success with Black Elderberry Syrup.  We had the onset on colds which only lasted a day or two and then cleared up.  I am a believer, as I have seen this stuff in action.  I truly feel that it is most beneficial to use on an ongoing basis during cold and flu season, rather than waiting for an illness to begin.  Give the boost before you need it, and you may find you won’t need it.

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Jessika Jacob