We’ve all heard about blackberries and blueberries, but what’s an elderberry? Elderberry is a genus of flowering plants from the Adoxaceae family with 5-9 leaflets ranging in size (usually between 5 and 30 cm.). The genus occurs in subtropical regions in the world and has been commonly used in natural medicine for centuries. Even the great Hippocrates once referred to elderberry as a “medicine chest”, and he’s the father of modern medicine, so we’re inclined to believe him.
In medicinal studies, elderberry has been used to stop the progress of influenza A and B thanks to its antibacterial properties. The plant can easily soothe respiratory infections and inflammation as well, making it a perfect remedy for flu and colds. Although not confirmed, elderberry has been tested against some types of cancer and the results are positive. Of course, further studies are needed to confirm these findings, but doctors are hopeful that it may be the cancer cure we’ve all been waiting for.
What Makes it so Powerful?
The health benefits of elderberry are due to the presence of compounds such as antivirin, flavonoids, and anthocyanins, with the latter also responsible for the berries’ dark color. Consuming elderberries will stimulate the immune system to fight the influenza virus (and other viruses and bacteria), while also soothing fever, pain, and various aches.
Dr. Josh Axe was the leader of a randomized trial testing the effects of elderberry against influenza strains in 2009. The group which received the 175-milligram extract managed to relieve all symptoms of the flu, while the placebo group experienced no improvements at all.
Another study revealed that elderberry can subdue the symptoms of flu and colds if taken during the first 48 hours and also shortens the duration of the symptoms by a whopping 4 days. As it turns out, elderberry may be the cure for colds and the flu we’ve all been waiting for.
Additionally, the berry showed powerful effects against the Avian flu, more specifically, the Panama B strain. According to data from the CDC, this strain kills about 60% of annual reported cases, and further mutations may be deadlier. Elderberries, as it seems, may be the cure we’ve been looking for.
If you’re wondering how you can consume elderberries, we’re here to help. Although you can eat them raw or juice them, there’s a powerful and easy-to-prepare tonic which can be used to boost your immune system and improve your overall health.
Here’s how to prepare it:
- 16 oz. elderberry juice
- 1 tablespoon honey (organic and unfiltered)
- 4 tablespoons lemon juice
First, you’ll need to prepare the elderberry juice. Put 16 oz. elderberries in a pan and pour water until it covers them. Next, boil the mixture on low-medium heat, then let it cool down. In the end, strain the liquid and keep it in the fridge.
After a few hours, mix the elderberry and lemon juice in a pan and boil it on medium heat. Simmer for 20 minutes on low heat, then add the honey and drink the mix warm. This powerful tonic will give your immune system a nice boost and keep cold and the flu away from you. That’s all we want, right?
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