A Natural and Potent Cold and Flu Remedy
The berries of the Sambucus Nigra, aka elderberry, plant are naturally high in immune-boosting compounds that are specifically shown to help beat the cold and flu more quickly. They can be used to make a variety of remedies, one of which is the delicious Elderberry Syrup. Thankfully when it comes to colds and flu nature has provided us with some remedies that can help avoid illnesses and can shorten the duration and severity if you do get them.
Elderberries naturally contain vitamins A, B, and C; are packed with minerals like iron, potassium, phosphorus, and copper; proteins and dietary fiber; and stimulate the immune system. Add some of the beneficial organic compounds that function as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents in the body and you have one powerful berry that really packs a punch! Research has shown that the complex sugars found in elderberries support the immune system in fighting cold and flu. Studies have found that elderberries disarm the enzyme viruses use to penetrate healthy cells in the lining of the nose and throat. Taken before infection as a preventative, or taken after infection it prevents the spread of the virus through the respiratory tract.
Elderberries are your natural, go-to cough syrup, not to mention it is kid-approved! The berries contain active ingredients (bioflavonoids like anthocyanins to be exact) that can soothe inflammation and irritation and also can act as an expectorant and clear out phlegm that can trap foreign agents in your glands. They have certain antibacterial and anti-infectious qualities that are commonly used to ward off influenza, protect against the effects of autoimmune disorders, and alleviate certain symptoms and pains.
Pair the elderberries with raw honey, and all that raw honey has to offer, and you have a concentrated immune supporting syrup that tastes amazing!
In addition to an amazing cold and flu remedy, elderberries also aid in digestion, improve heart health, reduce blood pressure, improve respiratory health, improve asthma, boost immunity, control diabetes, improve bone health, ease allergies, skin health, and weight loss.