The Many Benefits of Elderberry!
You’ve probably seen Elderberry products on shelves – from cough syrup to lozenges, gummies to juices and tea, alongside other popular cold and flu herbal remedies.
But what makes Elderberry such a popular ingredient for supplements?
Elderberries are the fruit of the Sambucus tree. The most common type is the Sambucus nigra, also known as the European elderberry or black elder. It has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for colds and flu, respiratory illnesses, and more.
Backing up the centuries-old wisdom of using Elderberry to support good health, is modern-day research. One recent study showed that elderberry may work as an antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, and possibly anti-inflammatory agent. That, and another study, showed that Elderberry may aid in reducing the symptoms associated with influenza (flu) and colds as well.
In short, Elderberry is a powerhouse of nutrients and rich in phytonutrients that can benefit your health. For example, one cup of elderberries contains 106 calories and 26.7 grams of carbs and the following vitamins and minerals:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
Elderberries are also
- an excellent source of fiber, containing 10.2 g of dietary fiber per cup, which makes up a large amount of the recommended daily intake.
- A great source of phenolic acids ) and flavonols, key antioxidants that help the body reduce damage from oxidative stress.
- Rich in anthocyanins, the compounds that give the fruit its dark black-purple color and are a strong antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effects.
Overall, elderberry is a nutrient-dense food that can provide a great many health benefits.