Elderberry, medically known as Sambucus nigra, is a fruit-bearing shrub native to Europe and North America. With a long history of use in folk medicine, elderberry has been researched in the past twenty years for its medicinal benefits, especially for its antiviral, immune booster qualities, as well as for possible effects on loosing weight.
Elderberries contain organic pigments, tannin, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, vitamin A and B, and a large amount of vitamin C. They are also a mild laxative, a diuretic, and diaphoretic.
Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health, and for coughs, colds, flu, bacteria, and viral infections. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the berries destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. Elderberries not only strengthen the immune system, but also are a great source of potassium and vitamin C. Infusions of the fruit are said to be beneficial for nerve disorders, back pain, and have been used to reduce inflammation of the urinary tract and bladder.
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8 oz, 4 oz