What Is Elderberry?

What is elderberry?

While there is no single cure, supporters of elderberry say the fruit is one of nature's most versatile solutions to whatever ails you.

There are around 30 types of elderberry plants and trees in the world. The European version (also known as Sambucus nigra) is most closely related to your health and healing. Its history dates back to 400 BC. C., and Hippocrates, the "father of medicine", called the main tree his "medicine cabinet".

In current folk medicine, elderberry is considered one of the most medicinal plants in the world.

Elderberry Health Benefits

The berries and flowers of elderberry plant are rich in antioxidants and vitamins that are able to strengthen your immune system. They can help control inflammation, reduce stress, and even protect your heart.

Some experts recommend elderberry to prevent and alleviate cold and flu symptoms.

It has also been used as a treatment for:

  • Constipation
  • Joint and muscular pains
  • Infections that affect the way you breathe
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Kidney problems
  • Epilepsy
  • Mild skin conditions
  • Tiredness
  • Stress
  • HIV and AIDS

Elderberry Effectiveness

Elderberry gets a lot of support as a healing agent through word of mouth and old wives’ tales, but its success in medical tests is less definite.

Elderberry gets a lot of support as a healing agent through word of mouth and old wives’ tales, but its success in medical tests is less definite.

That is to say, if you want to fight the flu, don’t forget the flu shot.

Still, many doctors say it’s safe to take elderberry as part of a healthy diet plan that includes foods with vitamin B, vitamin B12, and vitamin E

Elderberry Nutrition

Elderberries are high in vitamin C (52.2 milligrams per cup) and dietary fiber (10.2 grams per cup). One cup of elderberries also has:

  • 26.7 grams of carbs
  • 0.7 grams of fat
  • 1 gram of protein

Elderberry is an antioxidant, and researchers believe the compound that makes it blue reduces inflammation.

Uses of elderberry

Just as the uses of elderberry are many, the forms it takes are many, including syrups, gummy candies, lozenges, pills, and teas. It is also used in:

  • Food coloring
  • Body lotions
  • Jams
  • Wine
  • Teas

Processed versions of elderberry are more common in the American market than the fresh fruit itself. Make your own elderberry products with elderberry syrup mix.

Risks of elderberry

Opinions vary as to whether elderberry is helpful, but most doctors believe it is safe to eat it in small doses. But the green or raw berries or flowers of the plant can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Larger amounts can cause even more serious poisoning.

Other things to keep in mind:

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not take it.

Other parts of elderberry, including branches, twigs, leaves, roots, and seeds, are poisonous. They have a type of cyanide called a glycoside.

People with immune problems can have reactions to elderberry.

If you get a rash or have trouble breathing after having it, you may be allergic.

Since it is a diuretic, be careful when taking it if you are also using medicines that make you urinate more.

Talk to your doctor if you are considering taking elderberry.

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