I’m a huge proponent of natural health and I use a lot of essential oils to achieve that. But they aren’t my only means of health. Over the last few months I’ve seen a lot of information floating around regarding elderberry. With a newborn due to arrive anytime, I figured it’d be worthwhile to investigate it a little further and see if it could help boost my family’s immune system in preparation for having a newborn in the house during flu season (and a not so great flu season at that!). I’m sharing with you my research!
What is Elderberry?
Sambucus, or elderberry, is a plant with dark black or black blue berries. It has been known to be anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anticancerous. It has been known to stimulate the immune system and been highly effective against the flu. It is beleived that the anthocyanins in the elderberries is the active component for this effect.
What is is used for?
- Sinus Pain
- Respiratory health
- Nerve Pain
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
How to take Elderberry?
Much research states it is beneficial to take at the onset of initial flu symptoms. Those that do, tend to demonstrate shorter duration of symptoms. It appears that it is most effective for up to 5 days. There is little evidence regarding it’s side effects/safety past this point. I was under the impression (prior to doing this research) that it was beneficial to take as a preventative measure. However, in my search, it appears there is limited information to support this claim. Some even make statements regarding possible detrimental effects if taken for longer periods of time (check out this website for a little more information.
There isn’t sufficient research for those who are pregnant or those with autoimmune disorders. avoid preparations of dwarf elder, which could be toxic. Only intake elderberry from reputable source as unsafe preparations could be poisonous (cyanide posioning).
For more information, research, and effectiveness, check out this website.
The Bottom Line
When taken at recommended dosing from a reputable company, it can be beneficial during the course of a flu. As a preventative, or long term use, it’s benefits are unsubstantiated.