One of my favorite herbs to be taken during fall and winter is Sambucus nigra known as Elderberry due to its immune-boosting properties; however, this herb is known to have many more health benefits.
Constituents such as Vitamins A, B and C, flavonoids, carotenoids, amino acids, tannin, rutin, and viburnic acid have given the elderberry its many health benefits.
A study done at the University of Maryland Medical Center had demonstrated that elderberry shortens the duration of cold and flu by decreasing congestion and increasing sweating.
Research reported at BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine in February, 2011 suggested that elderberry inhibits several species of streptococcus. Streptococci are the common bacteria for upper respiratory infection.
Free radicals are highly active chemicals that are produced in the body and can damage lipids, proteins, cell membranes, and DNA. Many diseases can be triggered as the result of damaged cells, including cancer. Antioxidants interact with these free radicals and neutralize their cell damaging properties. Elderberry syrup is known to be a very good antioxidant due to its flavonoid content.
Lowering blood sugar and fat storage:
A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in November of 2011 suggested that elderberry decreases abdominal fat, body weight and blood glucose due to its ursolic acid content.
Even with all its great benefits, elderberry could be harmful to some people, including people who are on immunosuppressive medication, diuretics and diabetic medication. Please consult with a healthcare professional to see if you can take elderberry.
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