What is Elderberry?
Elderberry comes from the Elder tree and is its fruit. It has been used for centuries as a medicine, especially to treat wounds via topical application. Care needs to be exercised when using Elderberry since some of its species, such as dwarf elder, can be toxic. The species called dwarf elder is the one most often used for medicinal purposes. Special care is taken when preparing Elderberry medication since its unripe fruit, leaves, seeds, and bark contain a cyanide-like chemical which can be really poisonous.
Elderberry contains more antioxidants than blueberries, goji berries, and cranberries; making it a powerful protector of body cells. It also has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-influenza properties.
Benefits of Elderberry
- It boosts the immune system by helping in the production of immune cytokines. Cytokines are messengers in the immune system that control the immune system response. An increase in cytokines enables the body to defend itself better
- It is loaded with dietary fiber which enhances the function of the gastrointestinal system. Constipation, excessive gas, bloating, and weight gain can all be avoided by consuming enough fiber
- It protects the heart by relaxing blood vessels and arteries. This is due to the vasodilation effect of the potassium it contains. This effect also helps lower blood pressure, which is another way in which it protects the heart
- It provides relief from respiratory problems such as sore throat, cough, and bronchitis by reducing inflammation and irritation. It also clears out phlegm by acting as an expectorant
- It supports the pancreas in the stable production of insulin, making it ideal for diabetics
- It strengthens bones and aids in the production of new bone cells. It is also good for joint pain and soreness from inflammation
- It has high levels of vitamin A and antioxidants both of which improve complexion and reduce wrinkles and age spots
By : Natural Health News