Elderberries come from the European Black Elderberry plant, which is found throughout the world. While there are various subspecies of the Elderberry shrub, the berries and the flowers of the plant are always beneficial.
The use of elderberries is a common part of traditional medicine in many cultures. This is due to the antioxidants the berries contain and the anti-inflammatory properties of the berries. The health benefits do not stop there. Here are some additional benefits of consuming elderberries.
ELDERBERRIES CAN PREVENT COLDS AND FLUS
According to a study from 2011, consuming black elderberry can help to inhibit the replication of influenza A and B viruses. It was also found to help kill various bacteria known to cause upper respiratory infections.
Eating elderberries can fight the cold or flu and ease symptoms for those that already have a cold or flu. As part of the study, researchers determined that symptoms were relieved four days earlier, on average, when compared to the use of medications to treat colds and flus.
Part of the reason for this ability to fight cold and flu symptoms is that elderberries protect the body at a cellular level. They inhibit damaging inflammation and boost the immune system.
Along with helping patients deal with the cold or flu, elderberries could be used to treat certain cancers and various immuno-suppressive diseases, such as AIDs. Elderberries can stop the production of hormone-like cytokines, which are responsible for the production of white blood cells that can cause inflammation.