Make sure you have some Elderberry in the house this winter season. Black elderberry is reported to have anti-viral activity against influenza (flu), and even herpes simplex virus in test tube and preliminary human studies.
Elderberry has been used as a treatment throughout Europe and North America primarily for respiratory infections, such as colds, coughs, fevers and sinus infections. It can also significantly shorten the duration of the flu. These berries contain several active constituents including polyphenols, anthocyanins and bioflavonoids.
Elderberry flower extract is thought to reduce inflammation of the gingiva in peridontal disease. This is a great option verses the use of antibiotics. Studies show that elder flower decreases the production of inflammatory cells by certain bacteria known to cause peridontal disease.
Black elderberry is available as a syrup, capsule, liquid extract and lozenge. Syrups are usually used for upper respiratory infections with cough, while the lozenges work well for sore throats. Capsules or tablets are good for overall immune support.
I will even recommend black elderberry (Sambuccol) for infants that have the “sniffles” as well as nasal irrigations and have seen a dramatic shortened duration of their symptoms. Take as directed by your practitioner or on the label. The usual dose is 1 Tbsp (15ml) of the liquid form and 500mg of the powdered encapsulated form, three times a day.
Stay healthy this holiday season. I will be giving you my top 10 tips for enhancing your immune system this winter later this month.