Product No. P05054
Also known as Sambucus nigra.
Elderberries can be found growing in the wild in Europe. They grow in clusters (turning from green to black) on leafy trees, which blossom with many tiny white flowers – known as elderflowers - densely packed together.
Since ancient times, elderberry has been believed to be the best herbal therapy for fevers and colds. Recently, researchers have discovered that this is due to the fact that elderberry is rich in bioflavonoids, which strengthen cell membranes, so making them less easy for virus enzymes to penetrate and destroy them. It is also believed that elderberry may inhibit the enzyme that weakens the cell membranes.
Elderberry extract has been tested on a wide variety of flu viruses and has been shown to be effective against them all. It promotes the sweating that can reduce the symptoms of a fever, reduces inflammation, and provides vitamin C to help ward off and shorten the duration of colds, flu, and respiratory illnesses. Other medicinal purposes include use as a mild laxative, and as a treatment for chronic rheumatism, neuralgia and sciatica. Elderberry is thought to be helpful in treating viral infections, and preliminary tests have also suggested that it may be effective in inhibiting the AIDS virus.
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