Elderberry: The Top Anti-Viral On The Planet

Elderberry: The Top Anti-Viral On The Planet.  


' Elderberry,’ the old woman told her.

A simple, yet telling quote by American writer Lois Lowry. One which speaks volumes to this time-honored and treasured herb.


Regarded as one of the top anti-viral and all-around medicinal herbs on the planet, elderberries have a deep and distinctive purple-black hue that can’t be missed. Not only are these potent berries packed with vitamins, minerals and immune boosting benefits, they have more antioxidants than blueberries and goji berries. They also contain shikimic acid, which is one of the main components in Tamiflu—an anti-flu pharmaceutical.


In addition to containing vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium and iron, elderberries are also high in essential minerals including potassium and magnesium, both of which are particularly vital to heart health. With heart disease being the number one leading cause of death in the USA (with statistics increasing by the year), there is even greater reason that this berry is an absolute essential.


Elderberries also provide an incredibly rich source of phytonutrients called anthocyanins which make up approximately 80% of its polyphenol content. Anthocyanins are powerful pigments found in red, purple and blue fruits and vegetables. They have been shown to help activate the immune system, strengthen the immune system and boost the immune system! They also serve to support the body in erradicating free radicals which cause cell inflammation and damage.


Where Are Elderberries Found

Elderberries come from a sprawling shrub or small tree which typically grows to 8-20 feet, but can reach as high as 30-32 feet. They are most commonly found in North and South America, Europe, parts of Asia and the South Pacific. The most common variety of elderberry used medicinally worldwide is Sambucus nigra, more commonly known as European Elder.


Known for its creamy-white flowers and signature dark berries, this herb has become phenomenally popular in past years. Although don’t be mistaken! Elderberries may appear to be a modern day phenomenon, but these medicinal berries have been used for thousands of years throughout many ancient cultures, serving as a testament to this time-honored berry.


Extreme Times Call For Powerful Protection

Studies have shown that elderberries are highly effective at protecting against ten strains of influenza, serving as a top choice for fighting off common viruses which lead to cold and flu, as well as new variants which may arise in any given year—whether man-made in a lab or naturally occuring!


Research has shown that when elderberry is used within the first 48 hours of the onset of cold and flu symptoms, that the duration of symptoms such as fever, cough and sore throat may be significantly shortened. Additionally, the flavonoids in the berries have been shown to bind to both the H1N1 influenza virus as well as the H5N1 avian bird flu virus, speaking to the versatility in protecting against a wide range of viruses.


Given we are living in a time when toxins are all around us allowing for viruses to take hold, a versatile berry such as elderberry is a must-have for any kitchen cabinet. Especially for those with compromised or weakened immune systems who struggle to fight off infection and heal from illness.


Year Round Health Benefits

Aside from offering tremendous support when sick with the cold or flu, high quality elderberry supplements offer tremendous health benefits year round. Not only do these medicinal berries have strong antioxidant and antiviral properties, they also have proven anti-inflammatory properties, which in combination, support the body in fighting inflammation and infection which can lead to countless acute and chronic illnesses of the cardiovascular, digestive and circulatory systems.


Given the vast majority of disease and illness stem from high inflammation levels and chronic low-level infection, elderberry is among the top medicinal herbs to support the body’s ability to heal infection and disease. In fact, studies have shown that approximately 35% of Americans struggle with chronic inflammation which leads to daily pain and discomfort caused by damage to joints, organs and bodiy tissue. All of which is primarily caused by a combination of factors which weaken the immune system, including low-nutrient processed diet, high stress levels, ongoing emotional upset, lack of exercise, exposure to environmental toxins and poor sleep patterns.


In addition to helping fight off viral infections and strengthen the immune system, here are the Top 5 Additional Health Benefits for why elderberry extract is a must-have supplement all year round:  


Cardiovascular Health:

Studies have shown that the anthocyanins found in elderberry contribute to a reduction in cholesterol, high blood pressure and plaque formation. This in turn reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke and peripheral artery disease.  

Cancer Fighting Properties:

Research has shown that elderberries contain a rich source of polyphenols which provide a high level of antioxidants and nutrients that may lower chronic inflammation levels linked to cancer.  

Gastrointestinal Support: Studies have shown that elderberry may help with constipation and other gastrointestinal complaints due to its high flavonoid content, helping to support regular bowel movement and healthy digestion.

Seasonal Allergy Relief:

Elderberries have been shown to have an anti-allergenic and anti-catarrhal effect, which may help to clear symptoms associated with seasonal allergies such as congestion and runny nose.

Skin Health:

Now a common ingredient in many skincare lines, elderberries contain natural alpha hydroxy acids (HCAs) as well as a high level of vitamins A and C which help hydrate and nourish the skin.


Common Ways Elderberries Are Prepared

Raw elderberries have been shown to contain a toxic compound in raw form, which may cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Therefore, to use elderberries in a tea, tincture or syrup form, always consult with a qualified herbalist to ensure safe preparation.


Unless well-educated in the preparation of elderberries, elderberries are best taken as an extract in a convenient supplemental form. Always ensure extracts come from a high-quality and reputable source such as what is found in Dr Zelenko’s premium Z-Flu™ Elderberry Gummies. One of our top selling Z-products that have customers returning again and again.


Why Z-Flu™ Elderberry Gummies Are The Best On The Market

With FOUR TIMES more bioavailability than the elderberry used in competing formulas, this superb herb is an essential addition to a carefully selected blend of vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc and quercetin. We recently sold out of Z-Flu™ Elderberry Gummies and for good reason! But at the time of publishing this article, we we are all stocked up again with these great tasting, year round gummies.


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