Scientists have confirmed that elderberry syrup is a ‘must,’ and you should definitely have some of it at home. It is the best remedy for flu and colds.
Here’s what Very Well Health says:
“Elderberries are the fruit of the elderberry shrub. A rich source of antioxidants known as anthocyanins, elderberries are cultivated for medicinal and food purposes and are used to make jam, jelly, and tea as well as medicinal syrup, gummies, lozenges, and capsules.
The black elder (Sambucus nigra) is the species most often used in supplements, however other species that produce dark berries contain anthocyanins. The flowers of the European elder, known as elderflower, are used to make elderflower cordial or liqueur.
Elderberry has long been used as an herbal remedy for colds, flu, and sinus infections. Preliminary studies suggest that elderberry extract may offer virus-fighting, immune-stimulating, and anti-inflammatory effects.”
Elderberry syrup boosts immunity and soothes the symptoms of colds and flu within a couple of days.
A 2004 study released in the journal of International Medical Research confirmed that elderberry extract shortens the duration of flu by four days. The extract was used within 48 hours of the onset of influenza A or B virus.
Another study conducted in 2009 and released in the Online Journal of Pharmacology, found that elderberry extract leads to “significant improvement within 24 hours.” Patients diagnosed with H1N1 and avian flu were given four 175-milligram daily doses of the extract.
The extract had the power to soothe muscle pain, headache, fever, and nasal congestion in patients. Here’s what researchers found:
“Within 48 hours of treatment, nearly 90% of the elderberry extract treated patients were either symptom-free or had only mild symptoms.”
A 2016 study confirmed that elderberries reduce the duration of cold symptoms in air travelers. They were given elderberry extract 10 days before the trip and 4-5 days after arriving at their destination. Elderberries shorten the duration of cold symptoms by 2 days.
Source: Healthy Food House