Elderberries, also known as Sambucus nigra, are plants found in regions of North America and Europe containing a rich color shade of purple and black. Historically, elderberries were referred to as a Holy Tree and, in the words of Hippocrates, as “nature’s medicine chest.”
All parts of the plant were considered valuable, capable of restoring and maintaining good health and longevity. People used them in the Middle Ages in the form of juice to aid with skin softness, complexion, and beauty. Indigenous tribes within North America found the elderberry plant to help their people for medicinal purposes to treat bruises, burns, and fever; however, some groups even believed elderberries could ward off evil spirits and ate large quantities of them.
The use of elderberries carried on as early as the 1900s in treating individuals with elderberry syrup who showed symptoms of the cold and flu, and was found to help treat asthma symptoms and inflammation.
So, what is the magic behind elderberries?
Elderberries contain extraordinary amounts of minerals and antioxidants, primarily polyphenols and anthocyanins.
When consumed daily, whether as a drink, supplement, or in the most popular form as a syrup, your body is able to build a stronger immune system to protect you against various chronic diseases. People have used elderberry syrup for centuries to treat colds and flu by strengthening their immune systems.
At the same time, both the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties in elderberries help protect your skin cells as you age. If you want a better shine to your skin, elderberries contain antioxidants that protect your skin cells from aging and are a great natural remedy for acne, wrinkles, and other skin problems. Although aging is inevitable, you can still look and feel your best by consuming elderberries.
Elderberries contain a variety of key nutrients such as:
- And more!
Each of these nutrients, alongside the powerful antioxidant properties in elderberries, helps support your immune system to withstand diseases and benefit your body more than you imagined. Here are a few benefits elderberries can provide.
Reduce Cold and Flu Symptoms
Supplementing with elderberries in your daily diet has proven to help with lowering the severity and treating cold and flu symptoms. For instance, in one study conducted with a group of people with flu-like symptoms, experts found those who consumed at least 15 milliliters of elderberry syrup four times a day had not only reduced the effects of the flu but had shorter durations with symptoms than those who were given a placebo.
Improve Heart Health
Elderberries have shown to have positive effects on protecting your cardiovascular system to prevent heart disease or even diabetes. Many studies show antioxidants in elderberries help balance cholesterol levels and blood glucose levels by preventing a build up of bad cholesterol and balancing your sugar levels.
When your body contains low amounts of antioxidants, your immune system becomes less resilient to fight off toxic substances in the body, potentially leading to certain chronic diseases. Elderberries assist with reducing inflammation by increasing the production of antioxidants in your body which can ultimately help ease joint pain for those with arthritis and swelling for burns, bruises, or even toothaches.
Gut health is brain health. Anthocyanins create a bioactive effect within your body to target harmful bacteria and prevent microbial infections from growing and living in your gut to help aid in better digestion and bowel movements. Equally important, elderberries can contribute to improving cognitive health and treating cognitive impairment by increasing the antioxidant activities within the mitochondrial to help keep your mind sharp and young.
Mentions of other benefits supplementing with elderberry include:
- Vision Support
- Gingival effects
- Bone Health
Consider this fact. More than 125 million Americans suffer from at least one chronic disease, whether it’s cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis. Diet, stress, and genetics all can play a role in these conditions.
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Elderberry’s indigo-blue pigments mitigate free radical damage and reduce mucus. Its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds allow your body to naturally detox, cleanse your blood of toxins, and feel cleaner both mentally and physically. There are multiple ways of supplementing elderberry into your daily diet to attract these benefits, either in juice, cooking, or even jam! Our Bio Ferro Tonic is in the form of a liquid to conveniently take a teaspoon first thing in the morning to start your day off packed with essential nutrients, and even at night before going to bed.
Elderberries have been the go-to treatment for hundreds of years due to their healing properties to cure a variety of ailments. So, it may just be a teaspoon of elderberry a day that keeps the doctor away.