Black Elderberry Syrup
What is black elderberry good for?
People make elderberry syrup from berries of the Sambucus tree that’s native to Europe. The tart berries are commonly used for jelly, pie, and wine. They have also been utilized in folk medicine for a significant period of time. Elderberry is different from American Elder, Elderflower, or Dwarf Elder, and these will not provide the same intended benefit as elderberry.
Black elderberry, also known as Sambucus nigra, is a plant. Its fruit has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for various health issues. The most commonly used part of the elderberry plant is its ripe berries, which are rich in nutrients and phytochemicals. Some potential benefits of black elderberry include:
- Elderberries* may help the immune system by having lots of antioxidants like anthocyanins and flavonoids. These compounds may help protect the body from oxidative stress and inflammation.
- Elderberry supplements*, syrups, or extracts often alleviate symptoms of the common cold and flu, providing relief. Some research suggests that elderberry may help reduce the duration and severity of these infections.
- Anti-viral properties*: Certain studies have found that elderberry extracts may have antiviral effects. Scientists believe that the compounds in elderberries hinder the ability of viruses to enter and infect human cells.
- Elderberry* can help with respiratory health by fighting viruses and reducing inflammation.
- Antioxidant properties*: Elderberries are rich in antioxidants, which can help neutralize free radicals in the body and reduce cellular damage.
- Regularity*: Elderberries are a good source of dietary fiber, which can aid in digestive health.
Some scientific evidence supports elderberry’s health benefits, but researchers need to conduct more studies to confirm its effectiveness for specific conditions. Do not consider elderberry supplements and products as a replacement for conventional medical treatment, especially for serious medical conditions.
Before using elderberry, it is crucial to consult with a healthcare professional. This is especially important if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications, or have any existing health issues. Additionally, be cautious about ingesting raw or unripe elderberries, as they can be toxic and cause gastrointestinal distress. Commercially prepared elderberry products are typically safe for consumption when used as directed.
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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