5 Amazing Health Benefits of Elderberries

May shorten flu symptoms by four days

(DEREK HENRY, HEALING THE BODY) Elderberry is known as one of the most potent antivirals on the planet. However, due to its high antioxidant content and beneficial amounts of vitamins A and C, it can be used for much more.

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Elderberries have been shown to be an effective treatment for cold and flu. Photo by Anemone123 (Pixabay)

Treats cold and flu

Elderberries have been shown to be an effective treatment for cold and flu. Studies show that this is due to the boost in production of cytokines, proteins that help the regulate the immune response to defend the body from disease.

Several studies confirm its antiviral capabilities and ability to mitigate flu-like symptoms.

A study published in the Journal of Medical Research showed that when elderberry extract is used within the first 48 hours of flu symptoms, it shortens the duration of symptoms by up to four days.

Helps lower blood sugar

Both the flower and the berry have been used to treat diabetes. As reported by the Journal of Nutrition, researchers report that elderberry extract significantly increased glucose transport, oxidation and glycogenesis. This is important because glycogenesis clears excess sugar out of the bloodstream and helps maintain normal blood sugar.

Treats allergies

Since allergies involve an overreaction of the immune system as well as inflammation, the immune boosting and anti-inflammatory properties of elderberry can provide relief. Many herbalists consider it one of the most effective herbs for treating hay-like fever symptoms.

In addition to all these benefits, elderberries have also shown to be helpful in relief of fluid retention, upper respiratory infections, sinus infections, constipation, and skin issues.

How to consume elderberry

The most common ways to consume elderberry therapeutically are through tea, syrup, lozenges, pills, and capsules. When colds, flu, or upper respiratory issues are noticed, a syrup is a common treatment, especially for children. You can purchase this from health food stores, or you can make your own. READ FULL STORY AT HEALINGTHEBODY.CA. Also of interest: Kiwifruit is one of the most nutritionally dense fruits out there.