Many people lose their lives to flu, and the situation can escalate really fast. That’s why experts step forward with advises on how to protect ourselves and what to take to treat the symptoms or prevent their occurrence. Flu isn’t a joke, and shouldn’t be taken as such. Pay more attention to natural remedies, and find what works best for your body and your health in general.
We get elderberries from the European Black Elderberry plant, and there are several subspecies of the shrub. Elderberry flowers and berries are mostly used in traditional recipes.
These berries are rich in antioxidants, and provide an anti-inflammatory effect. Elderberries can help you fight cold and flu symptoms as they inhibit the replication of influenza A and B viruses.
Compounds in elderberries destroy bacteria that cause upper respiratory infections. Elderberries protect the body at a cellular level and reduce inflammation. Studies have also found that elderberries aid in the treatment of some cancer types, AIDs and other serious diseases. Elderberries block the production of hormone-like cytokines.
Even Hippocrates used elderberries 400 BC, referring to it as his “medicine chest.” Scientists have isolated the active compound called Antivirin, found in proteins of black elderberries.
Anthocyanins cyanidin 3-glucosideand cyanidin 3-sambubiosideare thetwomain flavonoids in elderberries. These can be detected in plasma after oral application of elderberry extract. This extract can be used in the treatment of influenza as flavonoids boost the immune function by improving the production of cytokines by monocytes
Elderberries also inhibit haemagglutination of the influenza virus and help in preventing the adhesion of this virus to cell receptors. Anthocyanins have an anti-inflammatory potential that’s similar to acetyl salicylic acid which explains the power to relieve pain and soothe fever symptoms.
Avian flu has a morality rate of 60%, and it is rarely transmissible to humans.
The first avian influenza outbreak in 1997 put scientists in full panic mode as they were worried that the influenza A (H5N1) virus will mutate and adapt to ease the transmission during the infection of mammals or adjust the gene segments with human influenza viruses during the coinfection of a single person. This would have led to a new virus that could be transmitted from person to person, causing terrible damage.
These events have probably preceded the influenza pandemics in 1918,1957 and 1968. There’s evidence suggesting that the current influenza A (H5N1) virus has evolved into a virulent form since 1997, bringing high mortality, different antigenic properties, distinctive internal gene constellation and bigger host range.
Elderberry syrup recipe
This recipe is the easiest way to consume elderberries. You actually activate the compounds that boost immunity. However, you should not eat too many fresh elderberries because they contain cyanide. Remember, high temperatures destroy cyanide.
First, prepare your elderberries. Clean and put them in a saucepan. Pour enough water in the pan just to cover the berries. Bring the liquid to a boil turn off the heat, and let the content cool at room temperature. Strain the liquid through a sieve, and get rid of the thick bits.
- 16 ounces elderberry liquid
- 5 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp raw honey
Combine the ingredients into a saucepan, and put it over medium heat. Bring the syrup to a boil, turn the heat on low, and simmer for 20 minutes. Let it cool a bit, and stir in your honey. Drink your syrup while it is still warm to relieve your symptoms or prevent flu/cold.