What is Elderberry?

Elderberry refers to the fruit of the Sambucus nigra plant, which is native to Europe and North America. The berries are typically dark purple or black and are used in various traditional medicines, foods, and beverages.
Elderberry has been used for centuries to treat a range of health conditions, including colds, flu, and other respiratory infections. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties, as well as antioxidant effects due to its high levels of anthocyanins, flavonoids, and other polyphenols.

Elderberry can be consumed in various forms, including as a syrup, tea, or supplement such as gummies. It is also sometimes used as a flavoring in foods and beverages.

Some potential health benefits of elderberry include: 

Immune support: Elderberry has been shown to have immune-boosting effects, primarily due to its high levels of anthocyanins and other polyphenols. These compounds are believed to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can help to support the immune system and fight off infections.

Cold and flu relief: Elderberry has been traditionally used to treat colds, flu, and other respiratory infections. Studies have shown that elderberry extract can help to reduce the severity and duration of these infections.

Anti-inflammatory effects: Elderberry's high levels of polyphenols have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects that may help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Antioxidant activity: Elderberry is rich in antioxidants, which help to protect the body against damage from free radicals and oxidative stress.

Skin health: Elderberry has been shown to have anti-aging effects on the skin, as well as potential benefits for treating skin conditions such as acne and eczema.

Digestive health: Elderberry has been shown to have potential benefits for digestive health, including reducing inflammation and improving gut microbiome composition.

Antiviral activity: Elderberry has been shown to have antiviral effects against several strains of influenza virus, as well as other respiratory viruses. It is thought to work by inhibiting viral replication and reducing the ability of the virus to enter host cells.

Stimulating immune cell activity: Elderberry has been shown to stimulate the activity of immune cells, including T-cells and natural killer cells, which are important for fighting off infections and diseases.

Reducing inflammation: Chronic inflammation can weaken the immune system and make it more difficult for the body to fight off infections. Elderberry's anti-inflammatory effects may help to reduce this inflammation and support overall immune function.

It is important to note that more research is needed to fully understand the effects of elderberry on the immune system, to determine optimal doses and formulations and it should not be used as a substitute for other preventative measures, such as vaccination and proper hygiene. Additionally, elderberry supplements can interact with certain medications, so it is important to speak with a healthcare professional before using elderberry or any other herbal supplement, particularly if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking medications.