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Wellness Wednesday: Elderberry Use

ELDERBERRY USE:  Elderberry is an antiviral, antibiotic and full of antioxidants and vitamins.  Study after study has proven elderberry use to be an immune booster and virus fighter. Even conventional medical sites have instructions for using elderberry to treat cold, flu, and respiratory illnesses.  


I have posted 4 great links below. I’ll let the links speak for themselves.  



Elderberries contain natural substances called flavonoids. They seem to help reduce swelling, fight inflammation and boost the immune system.

Studies have found that elderberry eases flu symptoms like fever, headache, sore throat, fatigue, cough, and body aches. The benefits seem to be greatest when started within 24 to 48 hours after the symptoms begin. One study found that elderberry could cut the duration of flu symptoms by more than 50%.

Lab studies have found that elderberry might be effective against H1N1, or swine flu. 

A few studies have suggested that elderberry could help with bacterial sinus infections or bronchitis. 

How much elderberry should you take?

There is no standard dose of elderberry. For flu, some studies have used 1 tablespoon of an elderberry syrup extract four to six times per day.

Another common form of elderberry is a lozenge, often with zinc, that is taken numerous times daily after a cold begins. Ask your health care provider for advice.

Can you get elderberry naturally from foods?

Cooked elderberries are used as a flavoring in foods and wine. Elderberries are also in foods like jams and pies. No research has found the amount of elderberry in these foods to have any health benefits.
Raw elderberries, as well as other parts of the elder tree, are toxic. 

What are the risks of taking elderberry?

Side effects. Elderberry supplements seem to have few risks when used daily for up to five days. The safety of its long-term use is unknown.


National Center for Biotechnology Information. (Gov. Site) 

University of Maryland Medical Center (link to their study on Elderberry)

Why Elderberry? (Click on link for more info)

WebMD on Elderberry uses: (click the link for more info)

 Health Benefits of Elderberries

Elderberries were listed in the CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs as early as 1985, and are listed in the 2000 Mosby’s Nursing Drug reference for colds, flu, yeast infections, nasal and chest congestion, and hay fever. In Israel, Hasassah’s Oncology Lab has determined that elderberry stimulates the body’s immune system and they are treating cancer and AIDS patients with it. The wide range of medical benefits (from flu and colds to debilitating asthma, diabetes, and weight loss) is probably due to the enhancement of each individual’s immune system.”

Risks. Never eat or drink any product made from RAW elderberry fruit, flowers, or leaves. They contain a chemical that produces cyanide. They can cause nausea and vomiting and, at high doses, more serious effects. People who have an allergy to elder pollen might react to elderberry supplements. If you have diabetes, multiple sclerosis, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis, talk to your doctor before taking elderberry. 

Interactions. If you take any drugs or supplements regularly, talk to your doctor before you start using elderberry supplements. They could interact with chemotherapy for cancer, immunosuppressant drugs, diuretics, and laxatives.

 Below is a link to my FAVORITE elderberry if you aren’t making your own try this one. It contains no preservatives except citric acid, no alcohol, and no other filler juices. 🙂




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