Black Elderberry Syrup
What is black elderberry good for?
Elderberry syrup is made from berries of the Sambucus tree that’s native to Europe. The sour-tasting berries are commonly used to make jelly, pie, and wine, but they’ve also been a staple of folk medicine for hundreds if not thousands of years. Elderberry is different from American Elder, Elderflower, or Dwarf Elder, and these will not provide the same intended benefit as elderberry.
Fresh Elderberries do contain and are:
- High in vitamin C. There are 52 mg of vitamin C per cup of fruit, which accounts for 57% of the daily value.
- High in dietary fiber. Elderberries contain 10 grams of fiber per cup of fresh berries, about 36% of the daily value.
- A useful source of phenolic acids. These compounds are potent antioxidants that can help reduce damage from oxidative stress in the body.
- A useful source of flavanols. Elderberry contains the antioxidant flavanols quercetin, kaempferol, and isorhamnetin. The flowers contain up to 10 times more flavonoids than the berries.
- Rich in anthocyanins. These compounds give the fruit its characteristic dark black-purple color and are a strong antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effects.
The exact nutritional composition of elderberries depends on:
- the variety of plant
- ripeness of the berries
- environmental and climatic conditions
Amounts and Dosage
- There is no universally acknowledged recommendation of elderberry syrup that you should consume in a day. Individual elderberry products have their own manufacturer-recommended dosages that should be adhered to. Nevertheless, research has shown that 15 milliliters of elderberry syrup, taken three to five times per day, is sufficient.
- Adults and children ages 12 and over: Take 2 tbsp. of syrup dissolved in 1/4 cup (2 oz) warm water up to 3 times daily for no longer than one month. Elderberry syrup comes with a measuring cup.
Store in a cool and dry place.
Does elderberry interact with medications?
Elderberry benefits are numerous, however, Elderberry may interact with certain prescription medications. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist prior to adding any new remedy to your regimen. Elderberry may interact with the following medications.
- Diuretics: Elderberry is a diuretic so taking it with a prescription diuretic will increase the effects.
- Laxatives: Elderberry has laxative effects, so it should not be taking with other laxative mediations.
- Steroids: Elderberry stimulates the immune system so it should not be taken with steroids and other medications designed to suppress the immune system. People who are on immunosuppressive drugs after having undergone organ transplantation should not take elderberry.
- Chemotherapy: Elderberry may interfere with chemotherapy and should not be taken with it.
- Diabetes medications: Elderberry lowers blood sugar so it should not be taken with medications that treat diabetes.
- Theophylline: Elderberry may reduce blood levels of this medication prescribed to treat asthma and respiratory conditions.
- Sambucus sibirica
- Sambucus nigra
- Elderberries are rich in flavonoids and are commonly used during cold and flu season.
- 5 grams
- 5 grams
- Elderberry Extract
- Distilled water, simple syrup, citric acid, potassium sorbate
Warning: Before using any herbal products, make sure you have full knowledge of the herb, its workings, and any adverse reactions it may cause. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use for more than 15 days without consulting your physician. It is not known if taking elderberry juice extract is safe when used for longer periods of time. Consult your health care provider before using this product if pregnant, nursing, taking medications, or have a medical condition.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intendent to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 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.
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