The Elderberry Story
Sambucus has been used for centuries to promote vitality and boost immunity.
Research suggests that elderberry may contain immune properties
that has been considered to boost the body's natural defense.
Sambucus, commonly known as elderberry, is part of the Plantae kingdom and Adoxa family of plants which contains about 30 species. Sambucus nigra is one of the species growing in primarily sunny and fertile locations. It is a flowering small tree growing to about 20 feet tall. The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs and the buds bloom in late spring into small white flowers, which transform into glossy dark purple berries by late autumn.
The plant parts that are used are the berries and flowers. The berries are gathered and can be made into jams, syrup, pies, wine and extracts. elderberries contain flavonoids and anthocyanins and are also a great source of vitamin C. When compared to cranberry, blueberry, blackberry and strawberry elderberry has the highest ORAC value.
Kong F. Pilot clinical study on a proprietary elderberry extract: efficacy in addressing influenza symptoms.
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