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Naturally Boosting Your Immune System with Elderberry

Aleena Azhar

Elderberry, a black beauty of a berry with an aromatic and sweet, yet bitter taste has become renowned as an age old remedy used for a variety of medicinal benefits, particularly in aiding the common cold, flu, and viruses. According to the Cleveland Clinic, teas, syrups, jams, gummies, lozenges, etc. made from the elderberry plant have been commonly used to fight upper respiratory infections and boost immunity for hundreds of years. With the onset of Covid-19, now it seems more important than ever to ensure your overall health and immune system is in tip top shape!

So, how exactly can adding elderberry into your daily supplement lineup be beneficial?

Well, the berries and flowers of elderberry just happen to be jam-packed with a plethora of antioxidants and vitamins that can certainly help your immune system function optimally. Elderberry can help ease inflammation, lessen stress and can even help protect your heart! Pretty cool, huh?

According to the Cleveland Clinic, in one randomized study of 60 adults with flu-like symptoms, those that took 15mL of elderberry syrup four times a day saw symptoms clear up on average four days earlier than those who took a placebo syrup. In another study air travelers who used elderberry syrup had a shorter duration of cold symptoms that were less severe than the control group.

While nothing can necessarily prevent you from getting a virus sadly, elderberry may be an effective aid. Elderberry is naturally high in vitamin A and C, making it a beneficial addition to your daily supplement lineup and a wonderful cold remedy.

Elderberry also has numerous anti-inflammatory properties and is often valued for its potential antiviral qualities. Many studies have outlined the fact that elderberry has a direct antiviral action and may directly enhance our immune systems. While elderberry is tasty and can certainly help boost the immune system, it is not a cure for viruses.

So, what are you waiting for? Only good things come to those who add elderberry to their healthy lifestyle!

*Any medical claims or statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Please consult your physician before starting any new supplements.*