Elderberries have been used for centuries in traditional folk medicine to treat and avert a wide range of ailments.
Probably best known, elderberry has traditionally been used for its antiviral and immune support properties, helping fight off viruses such as the common cold virus and influenza as well as a host of other illnesses and infections.
It is also known for its anti-inflammatory effects, which may help reduce swelling and pain associated with sore throats or coughs.
As far as nutritional support, elderberry is an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps to boost the immune system and fight off illness.
It also contains a significant amount of iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium, and is high in fiber, which helps promote gut health.
The berries are also high in flavonoids and antioxidants called anthocyanins that have been shown to help to reduce inflammation and prevent cancer. They also help to aid digestion by stimulating the production of bile acids and enzymes that break down food particles into smaller pieces, making it easier for your body to absorb nutrients from your diet. These antioxidants and flavonoids can also help improve cognitive health, including memory, focus, stress levels and mood, as well as supporting skin health.
These anthocyanins, flavonoids and tannins have also been shown to lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. The fruit's ability to stabilize blood sugar levels makes it an effective treatment option for those who struggle with high blood pressure or insulin resistance (a condition where the body does not respond properly to insulin).
Elderberry can help reduce bloating and gas due to its high antioxidant content which helps protect against free radical damage that causes inflammation within the digestive tract leading to these symptoms.
This is just scratching the surface of elderberry’s potency!