Elderberries have been used for thousands of years, since the Middle Ages when it was considered as a Holy Plant because of its ability to protect and improve health. Elderberries, from a plant known as Sambucus are extremely nutritious and high in antioxidants, vitamins such as vitamins A, B and C and minerals like potassium and iron. Together these dark blue berries offer a sweet flavor and a nutritious punch that are a great base for an Immune Boosting Tonic. Including an Elderberry Tonic or Syrup, such as the immune support tonic in your daily routine adds many health benefits for your overall health and longevity. Elderberries are full of amazing health benefits.
Boosts the Immune System
Elderberries are particularly rich in flavonoids, especially anthocyanin. These powerful antioxidants work to keep the immune system strong and resilient. Elderberries are said to contain anti-viral compounds so potent they deactivate viruses so they are unable to multiply.
Relieves Symptoms of Cold and Flus
Elderberries are most often recognized for their relief of cold and flu symptoms. The most common benefit of including elderberries in your health regime is that they strengthen the immune system which in turn prevents colds and flus. They are high in anthocyanins that can yield twice the amount of antioxidants as Vitamin C, helping relieve the symptoms of a flu or cold.
One study examined 60 people who were suffering from flu like symptoms and gave them elderberry extract for 5 days. After one day, they experienced relief from the flu symptoms. Elderberry extract helps to reduce mucous secretions and in turn makes respiratory symptoms tolerable. This helps with breathing difficulties and helps sooth a cough.
Elderberries have anti-inflammatory properties. This along with its immune stimulating properties help relieve allergy symptoms such as watery and itchy eyes, sneezing, and sinus inflammation. Elderberries help to strengthen the immune system and are shown to be good for hay fever.
Relieves Joint Pain
Due to their anti-inflammatory properties, elderberries are are known to relieve joint pain that is caused by inflammation. Conditions such as arthritis can find relief with elderberries.
A sinus infection can be painful. The cavities around the naval passages become inflamed. Elderberries have anti-inflammatory properties which helps relieve sinus problems.
Helps with Digestive Issues
Elderberries are rich in fiber. Fiber is helpful with constipation and excess gas as well as improving your gut health.
These are just a few of the benefits of elderberries. They also helpful with glucose levels and diabetes and they have even been known to prevent cancer.
Using elderberries this time of year is a great way to keep your health in top shape to prevent all of the colds and flus going around. Let me know if you have used an elderberry syrup.
Cheers to your health,
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