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 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. The
extract can be taken on a long-term basis to increase one’s resistance to
illness and help rebuild a strong immune response.
Elderberry offers cardiovascular protection by reducing oxidation of LDL
cholesterol. Oxidation of LDL cholesterol is a contributing factor of
cardiovascular disease, especially heart attacks and strokes. It also
reduces atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) by preventing platelets
from forming to blood vessel walls. Furthermore, Elderberry can benefit
those with elevated lipid levels by reducing total cholesterol and
Elderberry can help those with poor night vision by regenerating rhodopsin.
Rhodopsin is a pigment of the retina that is responsible for both the
formation of the photoreceptor cells and the perception of light, and
enables the eyes to adjust to darkness. Elderberry anthocyanins also
protect against retinopathy (an accumulation of blood in the retina) by
reducing the permeability of thin vessel walls.
Surprisingly, Elderberry also seems to reduce stress. A study conducted by
endocrinologist Sepp Porta showed that supplementation with Elderberry
extract reduced overall stress levels and significantly shortened recovery
time from physical exertion. Dr. Porta has now teamed up with cadets from
the U.S. Air Force to further investigate and validate Elderberry’s
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