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The last time I had a cold, someone on social media told me that I needed to get some elderberry syrup. I think my response was something along the lines of, “what in the world is an elderberry?” My 9-year-old, who happened to be sitting next to me, promptly responded that they are berries for elderly people. While we got a great laugh, I needed to know more. Oh, Gooooogle… I started researching and was inundated with information on this magical berry and all its benefits. I couldn’t believe that it was the first time I was hearing about it. Where have I been? So, if you’re anything like me and totally in the dark about this, I thought I’d share all the information I learned about elderberries and next time you are under the weather, you’ll have all the info you need.
First, I should mention that I’m not a medical doctor and absolutely recommend that you speak to your physician before trying anything. While people have different reactions to different things, it’s important that you not put yourself in any danger.
What is an Elderberry?
Elderberries have been used in herbal traditions for centuries. I obviously missed the memo! A member of the honeysuckle family, they can grow as a shrub or small tree. Fully grown plants have white flowers during the spring, that turn into berries in the fall. The berries themselves are full of antioxidants.
Elderberry is one of the most commonly used medicinal plants in the world and is often taken as a supplement to treat cold and flu symptoms. The berries are tart and should be cooked prior to consuming them while the flowers can be eaten both raw or cooked. Cooked elderberries are used to make juice, jams, pies and even wine. The flowers can be boiled to make a sweet syrup.
Why are Elderberries Good for You?
Elderberries are believed to be a great source of fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C. They also contain iron, potassium, vitamin B6 and beta-carotene.
What are Elderberries Used to Treat?
Elderberries are commonly used to fight cold and flu symptoms but they can be used to soothe an upset stomach, detoxify, treat inflammation and may even help with weight loss.
Any Side Effects or Warnings?
Elderberry is not recommended for children under 18 or pregnant or breastfeeding women. While no adverse events have been reported, there is not enough data to confirm that it is safe for them.
Where Can I Find Elderberry?
Funny you should ask. When I first heard about them, I went to our local health food supermarkets but they didn’t carry them. I was told to check Amazon (which only carries them dried). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that the most recent season was the worst in history for immune challenges so I was on a mission to find it.
Quantum Health’s Elderberry Line
Luckily, Quantum Health offers an entire line of Elderberry supplements, so you can have them on hand when you need them the most. They are formulated with European Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra), which is the form that has been extensively studied in multiple clinical trials.Whether you prefer capsules, lozenges, extract, or syrup, they have you covered.
I’ve already stocked up and we’re ready for any germs that may plan on entering our home. While we love all of them, our favorite is the syrup because you only need a single teaspoon and it tastes pretty good. Quantum Health is currently experiencing unprecedented demand for their Elderberry products, so you may want to check them out now. You can read more and purchase on their website. In addition to Elderberry, Quantum Health offers several great products that we use throughoutthe cold and flu season.
Have you tried elderberry? Comment below! I’d love to hear what you think!
*This post is sponsored by Quantum Health. All opinions are my own. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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