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.
The symptoms of cold and flu may not be dangerous, but hey can sure turn your day upside down. Colds tie you to your bed, stopping you from doing your daily activities. We use over-the-counter medication to soothe the symptoms, but that makes the situation worse. That’s why elderberries are recommended to those dealing with this ailment. They are packed with strong compounds that relieve symptoms.
Elderberries grow on elderberry shrubs. The tiny berries are abundant in anthocyanins, a type of antioxidants that improve health. Elderberries are are used for healing and food purposes, and we all have a granny who used to make elderberry jam, jelly or tea. Elderberry syrup, gummies, lozenges and capsules are also a common product.
The black elder (Sambucus Nigra) is used in the production of supplements. Other species of dark berries are packed with anthocyanins. The flowers of the European elder are used in the production of elderflower cordial or liqueur.
Elderberry is a common remedy in the treatment of colds, flu and sinusitis. Preliminary studies have found that elderberry extract has virus-fighting, immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory effect.
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 two days of treatment, about 90% of the patients treated with elderberry extract had mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.
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.