Elderberry, also name by its botanical name, Sambucus nigra, has been used since antiquity in herbal medicine. The berries are rich in vitamin C and a wide range of important flavonoids, including quercetin and anthocyanins, which are believed to account for the therapeutic effects. The flowers contain flavonoids, such as anthocyanins, carotenoids, essential oil, mucilage, and tannins. I have traditionally used Elderberry in my recommended formulas for preventing and treating colds, influenza and other viral respiratory disorders for decades.
There are many benefits of elderberry extract, particularly with viruses. Virus cells take over our healthy cells by puncturing the cell wall with tiny spikes called hemagglutinins, which extend from the surface of the virus. Elderberry has the ability to inhibit the activity and disarm these spikes by binding to them, which thwarts the virus from entering and invading cells. The flu vaccine, which is only 17-45% effective at best each year, is touted to stimulate immunity against these tiny spikes called hemagglutinins. Elderberry BINDS to these virus spikes very effectively to thwart and/or treat viral infection.
AVAILABLE as an herbal tincture as well as an alcohol-free glycerite formula for children.
1 teaspoon daily for immune support in 1 oz water daily
1 teaspoon 4 times daily for treatment of COLD, COVID-19 and FLU symptoms