Black Elderberry is my “go to” during Cold & Flu Season 😀
Black Elderberry provides natural support for your immune system.
Black Elderberry is a common, shrubby tree that produces white flowers in early summer…deep wine-colored berries ripen in the fall.
Black Elderberry contains concentrated amounts of Vitamin C, Flavinoids, Fruit Acids, and anthocyanic pigments. It is also an excellent source for Vitamins A and B and may also have Antiviral properties to help against Bacterial and Viral infections.
Its antioxidant properties also may lower cholesterol, improve vision, improve heart health, reduce swelling and fight inflammation.
Studies have found that Black Elderberry eases Flu symptoms like fever, headache, sore throat, fatigue, cough, congestion and body aches. The benefits seem to be greatest when started within 24 to 48 hours after the symptoms begin. One study found that Elderberry could reduce the duration of flu symptoms by more than 50%. Elderberry has been proven effective against ten different strains of influenza.
Black Elderberry comes in several forms and varieties…Extract…Syrup…Lozenges…quick dissolve Tablets….even Gummies!! You can usually find Elderberry products in the vitamin/herb sections of many supermarkets and drugstores.
Syrup seems to be most effective and relatively easy to make if you prefer to make your own. Liquid Elderberry extract can be taken twice a day. The dosages are 5 ml (for children) and 10 ml (for adults).
Elderberry Tea is delicious & soothing. Wellness Mama has one of my favorite recipes 🙂
Liquid Elderberry Extract can be taken twice a day. Dosages are 5 ml (for children) and 10 ml (for adults).
Another common form of Elderberry is a lozenge or tablet that is taken numerous times daily once symptoms of a cold or flu begin.
Caution – the leaves, stems, flowers and raw berries of the Elderberry Plant or Sambucus cerulea are considered toxic if they are ingested in raw form!!! They contain a chemical that produces cyanide. Berries should be cooked and only flowers should be used for tea 😉
*Consult your Healthcare Professional if you are currently taken prescription medications before taking Elderberry products *
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