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Elderberry Plus is a unique formula that combines both Elderberry and
Elderflower with Umckaloabo Root. It helps strengthen the immune system and
provides immediate and effective immune support. Elderberry Plus can be
used as a preventative to increase resistance to illness and help rebuild a
strong immune response, or it can be taken when already ill to reduce
symptoms and shorten the duration of the illness.
Elderberry is one of the most effective herbs to use for flu. Studies
report the herb shortens the duration of flu symptoms, such as fever,
fatigue, headache, sore throat, cough and body aches. Elderberry has proven
to be effective against numerous strains of influenza. The herb’s
constituents neutralize the activity of the hemagglutinin spikes found on
the surface of several viruses, causing the viruses to deactivate so they
are unable to infect cells. Elderberry can be used during an active flu
(optimally combined with Oregano Oil or Echinacea Goldenseal), or used as a
preventative to avoid getting sick during the flu season.
Elderberry is a very concentrated source of anthocyanins, purple pigments
that serve as powerful antioxidants. These anthocyanins enhance immune
function and protect the body against disease by boosting the production of
cytokines (proteins that regulate immune response), including tumor
necrosis factor-alpha and interleukins. Elderberry also contains the
flavonoids quercetin and rutin, and is high in Vitamins A and C.
Umckaloabo is indicated for reducing the symptoms and shortening the
duration of upper respiratory ailments, such as colds, bronchitis,
sinusitis, coughs, sore throat, congestion, muscle aches, headaches, and
fever. It is a safe and effective homeopathic formula that can be used by
both adults and children as an alternative to over the counter cold and
sinus medications. Umckaloabo is made from an extract of the Pelargonium sidoides root. P. sidoides was first
cultivated in south Africa where it has a long history of use in treating
coughs, upper respiratory infections and throat infections.
Umckaloabo can provide fast relief from the uncomfortable symptoms of viral
illnesses such as colds and most bronchial infections. A study published in
2007 tested P. sidoides effects on 207 patients aged 18-55 years
who presented common cold symptoms. The patients in the P. sidoides treatment group had a significant reduction in
symptoms such as nasal drainage, sore throat, nasal congestion, sneezing,
scratchy throat, hoarseness, cough, headache, muscle aches and fever.
Clinical trials in adults and children diagnosed with acute bronchitis show
that treatment with P. sidoides reduces the severity of symptoms,
such as coughing, expectoration, chest pain, shortness of breath and
wheezing, and shortens the duration of sick leave from work or school by 2
days. In 2008 a meta-analysis of 4 randomized clinical trials showed P. sidoides to be superior in efficacy compared with placebo in
the treatment of acute bronchitis. Researchers concluded that P. sidoides offers an effective alternative to antibiotics.
Extracts of the P. sidoides root are antibacterial and
immunomodulating. Studies have identified gallic acid and its methyl ester
to be the prominent immunomodulatory constituents of P. sidoides,
with both compounds demonstrating significan macrophage (white blood cell)
activity. Numerous other studies document P. sidoides’
antibacterial activity and confirm the roots’ efficacy in treating the
common cold, sore throat and bronchitis. Coumarins, phenolics and
unsaturated fatty acids, especially linoleic acid, from P. sidoides demonstrate direct antibacterial activity and
significant immune stimulation of the host.
A 2007 study published in Phytomedicine examined the impact of P. sidoides on the activity of human peripheral blood phagocytes
and found several important components contributing to the roots’
biological activity. The study reported P. sidoides increased
phagocytosis (a major mechanism used by the immune system to remove
pathogens from the body), increased oxidative bursts (the rapid release of
reactive oxygen species from immune cells to destroy foreign bacteria), and
increased intracellular killing of test organisms.
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