10 Amazing Elderberry Benefits
While the most common type of elderberry is Sambucus nigra, or black elderberry, there are several varieties of the Sambucus tree. The tree has clusters of white elderflowers and bunches of berries. The berries are mot often used in herbal remedies, but the flowers are used too. Elderberry is one of the most common medicinal plants in the world and has been used for centuries in folk medicine to treat a variety of ailments, most popularly cold and flu. Elderberry does som much more than just immune health, however. In fact, It is a real herbal workhorse, treating things like fever, rheumatism, sciatica, infections, skin issues and so much more. Here are 10 amazing elderberry benefits that elderberry a must-have in any home apothecary.
Immune System Health
Immune system health is what elderberries are most known for. Elderberries may help you recover faster from cold, flu, and respiratory illnesses. Regularly consuming elderberries during the cold and flu season may help prevent illness in the first place, and taking elderberry at the first sign of illness may help you recover quicker and prevent the common cold from turning into a respiratory nightmare.
Soothes Sore Throat and Cough
Not only does elderberry help recover from cold or flu, but they are also helpful in treating cough, especially when using Elderberry Tincture mixed with honey. Adding Elderberry Tincture to a small amount of water, honey, and vinegar or lemon, and using as a gargle, can be extremely effecting in treating cough naturally. Elderberry Extract Spray is a convenient, on-the-go method of soothing a sore throat and getting relief from cough,
Respiratory and Lung Health
Elderberry contains quercetin, which is a flavonoid and antioxidant that’s known to support lung function, especially in those who suffer from asthma and chronic obtrusive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Elderberry is packed with vitamin C. Vitamin C supports immune health, but it also supports muscle recovery, tissue repair, improving recovery time and efficiency,
Elderberries contain antioxidant compounds and various plant nutrients like the flavonoids quercetin and rutin. Flavonoids have anti-inflammatory effects and protect cells from oxidative damage that can lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The vitamin C elderberry maintains cellular function and promotes healthy skin, and the antioxidants reduce oxidative damage which can result in fine lines, wrinkles, a loss in elasticity, and more uneven skin tone.
Uric acid in the bloodstream is the major cause of gout and kidney stones. Elderberry has been shown to lower uric acid levels, and it therefore a good choice for those who suffer from gout or uric acid related kidney stones.
The antioxidants in Elderberry can help lower cholesterol, inflammation and blood pressure. Elderberry has also been shown to lower the uric acid in the bloodstream, which may help reduce blood pressure.
Inflammation is a major cause of many ailments including pain, skin conditions, stomach and bowel issues, and so much more. Elderberries have been shown to significantly lower inflammation in the body.
Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
Elderberry may help control diabetes and maintain healthy blood sugar. Elderberry's phytonutrients and polyphenols help the body to process glucose more efficiently, thus making useful for keeping glucose levels it in balance,
Elderberry Use Warning
Use only the flowers and/or the berries of the elderberry plant as the seeds, leaves, and bark can cause stomach upset for those with stomach upset, especially for those with a sensitive stomach. When taking elderberries, opt for our Elderberry Tincture, or be sure to cook your elderberries at 180 degrees Fahrenheit.. Consuming raw elderberries can put you at risk of cyanide poisoning, causing nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.