You Won't Believe These Top Elderberry Benefits
The benefits of elderberry are numerous. Elderberries have been used in medicine for centuries all around the planet.
Elderberry comes in many forms from syrup, to juice, to supplement form. Make sure to include this berry in your daily diet to improve your immune system as well as many other health benefits.
Let's look at the top reasons you need Elderberry in your daily diet.
What exactly is Elderberry?
Elderberry comes from the Sambucus tree. This tree has a few different varieties and grows all over the world. elderberry-benefits1
It's important to cook the elderberries before consuming them as they can be potentially harmful otherwise. elderberry-benefits1
There are actually other parts of the Sambucus tree that have been used for medicine for centuries not just the berries. elderberry-benefits2
Elderberries have been used as pain relief and anti-bacterial. The flowers and leaves provide relief from certain inflammations of the body and the bark of the tree has been used as a diuretic. elderberry-benefits2
Antioxidants help the body fight off free radicals that damage the cells increasing rapid aging and disease. These free radicals are caused by everyday body functions, stress, environment, and diet. elderberry-benefits3, elderberry-benefits3
Elderberries are packed with nutrients and antioxidants. These berries offer a plethora of vitamin C. elderberry-benefits3
They are also a great source of fiber for overall gut heath. The gut is a main contributor to the overall health of your body and reflects in your skin. If your gut is not in optimal health then this can lead to many issues throughout the body and skin appearance.
Like the popular red wine, elderberries are full of heart health and anti-aging flavonols.
Elderberries also pack strong antioxidants like flavonols quercetin, kaempferol and isorhamnetin. Anthocyanins which give the berries their dark purple color are 3.5 times as strong as vitamin E when it comes to antioxidant power. elderberry-benefits4
Phenolic acids are also a major antioxidant source. All of these compounds contribute to anti-disease, anti-inflammation, anti-aging, and immune boosting health benefits. elderberry-benefits4, elderberry-benefits5, elderberry-benefits6
One study found that those who drank elderberry juice experienced a major increase in antioxidant activity just one hour after drinking the juice. elderberry-benefits6
When taking elderberry as a supplement extract, certain studies showed that elderberry can shorten the length of time sick with the flu and even the strength of the flu symptoms. You can buy elderberry in the form of syrup, supplement capsules, or gummies. elderberry-benefits7
Elderberry and Influenza
A study in 60 participants found that those who were given elderberries recovered from the flu in nearly half the time of those who didn't consume the elderberries. This study used 15 ml of elderberry syrup given 4 times a day. elderberry-benefits8
An additional study with 64 participants discovered that elderberries can lead to flu symptom improvement as fast as 24 hours after taking the elderberry extract. Overall aches, fever, and congestion improved after that elderberry extract was given. elderberry-benefits9
Another study of 312 participants found that elderberry extract seemed to protect those who were traveling frequently by plane from getting sick or experiencing long periods of sickness symptoms. Overall elderberry could be a great way to maintain proper immune function when it comes to fighting off illnesses. elderberry-benefits10
Elderberry and the heart
Elderberry may be able to benefit your heart health. A few studies have shown that elderberry has a protective effect when it comes to heart and artery health. Elderberry may be able to decrease cholesterol and the amount of fat in the blood. Diets high in antioxidants like anthocyanins have been linked to a major decrease in cardiovascular disease risk. elderberry-benefits11
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