Elderberry has become a pretty common word in many households now! These little berries are packed full of antioxidants that research leads us to believe may help relieve colds, the flu virus and will boost the immune system due to its powerful nutrient profile.
A randomized study of approximately 50 people who took 15 milliliters of oral elderberry extract in the form of syrup with flu like symptoms had improved symptoms within a few days compared to those who only took placebo elderberry syrup.
Elderberries are also a great source of vitamins- vitamin A, potassium, vitamin C, folate, calcium, and even iron.
Elderberries have been known to be a natural diuretic. Physicians also prescribe diuretics when a patient is retaining too much fluid. In most cases, people drink it as a syrup, juice or teach to flush the body of excess fluids.
Elderberries can be found in many skin care ingredients. The bioflavonoids that are present help encourage radiant, healthy skin, the body's largest organ. Those are fighting against wrinkles are enjoying the antioxidant properties of elderberry and the presence of vitamin A each time they use it for that purpose. This combination of nutrients also fades age spots.
Elderberry has been known to help reduced blood sugar! People with diabetes have benefited from the antioxidants in elderberry because they regulate insulin and glucose levels in the pancreas. As a natural remedy elderberry helps stabilize those who have been diagnosed with diabetes and helps prevent the full-blown disease in others. Based on research using both the flower and the berry of elderberry for diabetes, extracts can stimulate glucose metabolism. This helps to lower blood sugar levels. The pancreas moves towards an optimal function in diabetics. During this process, called glycogenesis, excess sugar is removed from the bloodstream and into the muscles and liver.
Studies have shown elderberry may inhibit, delay or reverse cancer. The anthocyanins in elderberry make them anti-carcinogenic and give them the properties to help fight cancer.
I've been making my own elderberry syrup for a while because so many of the store bought ones contain additives or honey- which don't fit the sugar free way of eating I try to follow.
I've finally got my packs of elderberry up in my shop online!
You can check them out HERE