What in the World is an Elderberry?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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  1. I’ve always been a fan of elderberry and keep it in my home in many forms. It’s a delicious drink, a tasty berry, a great herbal remedy and an all around great treat.

  2. This looks like the perfect supplement for little and big kids. A friend had mentioned it to me, but I haven’t yet gotten it. Now I think I will try.

  3. I did know about elderberries. These are in one of the all natural cough syrups and some other cold medicines that I have used from time to time.

  4. Great information you shared here. I would rather go the natural route to treat symptoms of cough and cold than to pop a pill which may have side effects in the long run. Elderberry supplements would be a good thing to have at home when we need it.

  5. i am just hearing about this for the first time and i am glad i read this! i am getting for my mom soon

  6. I’m currently suffering from cold and I sneeze a lot uncontrollably. It is so annoying. I gotta get my hands on this syrup. ?

  7. Very cool post. I love Elderberry. It is my go to when I feel sick. It always helps me get better.

  8. I swear by Elderberry! It’s like a best kept secret…not enough people give it credit for all the incredible things it does.

  9. I feel like I’ve heard of this before, but never really knew what it was! Sounds like a good health supplement!

  10. I’ve always known that pretty much all berries are good for you, but I’ve been hearing A LOT about elderberry lately. I’ll have to give this a try and see how I feel.

  11. I had heard of an elderberry before but I never really knew what it was used for. it sounds like it has some awesome perks. Definitely something I’ll have to get into my home, thanks for sharing!

  12. Given that I like all types of berries, I’m sure I’ll like these. They’ve got so many health benefits as well. Thanks for the info!

  13. I’d like to do more research on this. I wonder if this is a natural alternative or preventative supplement I can use. I prefer all natural remedies to fight flus and colds. This is the first time I’ve heard of this.

  14. Wow! Thanks for that amazing information about Elderberry. The benefits they have are so great, it looks interesting to try.

  15. It’s my first time to hear about elderberry and how it is used to heal cold and flu. I don’t think I’ll find it here but will surely give it a try the next time we come down with colds.

  16. I have never heard of this before actually. It seems to be safe and trusted. I am a fan of anything organic.

  17. This does help with immunity. But I refrain from the one’s that have echinicea added it them.

  18. I didn’t know about this product but it seems that I need it because I often have cold and flu.

  19. I can’t believe you didn’t know what an elderberry was! They’re really popular here in the UK. And really great for you, too 🙂

    Louise x

  20. I didn’t know there were so many benefits. I know some people swear by taking elderberry supplements for cold season.

  21. I had no idea how valuable elderberry was. I learned a lot from this post. I am definitely adding some to my winter wellness kit!

  22. This is my first time hearing about elderberry. This had definitely piqued my interest. Will have to stock up on this product before the next flu season.

  23. Woah! Never knew eldeberry is a medicinal plant. Always thought it to be another juicy-fruity berry. Thanks for enlightening me!

  24. We have been using elderberry for years in the form of daily gummy supplements and I truly feel it works well. In fact, my kids have not been sick at all this year.

  25. I’ve heard elderberry is a very potent antioxidant. I love using natural remedies instead of medicines.

  26. I’ve never heard about elderberry too! Thanks for all these information. It’s great to know that!

  27. Great explanation, I have heard of elderberry but honestly didn’t know much about it. Now I know and I thank you for that.

  28. First, I have to comment on that cute cupcake stand. I have one, too! It’s adorable! Second, my friend makes a huge batch of this syrup and sells it to all of us. I swear by it.

  29. Elderberries are so popular in the mom’s groups my daughter is in. I had no idea what all the fuss was about.

  30. We have not tried elderberry at our house, but I sure have seen it recommended a lot this flu season. We do eat a lot of citrus, ginger and other healthy fruits to stave off sickness. I need to look into elderberry though.

  31. I did not know about elderberries and as I do take lots of supplements will definitely look into this. Great photos and your daughter’s comment cracked me up!

  32. Elderberries sound like they are a really helpful berry! They seem to have great nutritional value and perfect for the cold and flue season.

  33. This is so interesting, I knew nothing about elderberry except that the French taunter says it in Monty Python, haha! Going to look into it since I always get the worst colds this time of year.

  34. oh that is quite impressive. I have heard about them but in juices mostly. I didn’t know that they were that good!!! Now I know. Thanks so much for sharing this information!

  35. You learn something new everyday!! I know what berries I’ll be turning too when I’m not feeling great

  36. A friend of mine was just asking me about elderberry last week! I’ll have to share this timely post with her.

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  37. This is really interesting I have to admit I didn’t know there were any benefits to elderberries! Always interesting to learn about new things to help try and keep me healthier.

  38. I’ve heard about elderberries, but I haven’t tried it yet. I should though, I know there are tons of benefits. I might need to pick up a bottle.

  39. I am in look out for Herbal medicine I would love to try Elderberry I have heard about it never tried it myself. Your post tempted me to check it out.

  40. I’ve read amazing things about Elderberry. I’ve heard that it’s a must to keep in your home during cold and flu season. I have to look into trying this brand. I love the variety of products they have.

  41. I love using elderberry. He keeps my family healthy and for protects us when there is sickness going on around us. This stuff is amazing.

  42. my girlfriends and i were just talking about how good these are for you and i never realized how much i love them bc they aren’t too sweet and actually make me feel good taking them ha- thanks so much for sharing all the great benefits of them and why its important ot have them!

  43. Your daughter’s response is adorable!! Haha – I love it 🙂
    Well, I learnt something new today, that is for sure. Will be checking this out!

  44. I keep hearing more and more about Elderberry and the benefits and have been thinking the next time one of my family members is sick that I will check into it.

  45. I watched Jamie Oliver adding elderberries in his salad and said how they burst in your mouth fool of flavour and are very good, nice to know th ey are good for me.

  46. We are lucky enough to grow our own elderberry. This stuff is awesome. Good information for those who never heard of elderberry