I’ll be honest, the first time I heard the word “elderberries” I thought it was something from Harry Potter. At the time, I was pregnant with a bad cold and I was looking for a natural way to stay healthy. So many moms on social media told me about elderberries! So maybe you are reading this and thinking, “What’s the big deal with elderberries, and do they actually help keep people healthy?” More and more, people are wanting to put whole foods in their bodies and use natural ways to care for and heal our families. Elderberries are just that: a natural plant, grown in soil, made by God with properties that promote health and wellness in our bodies (also created by God, right?). Now full disclosure, I’m not a medical expert...none of us here at The Elderberry Co are doctors. We will always point you to your healthcare providers when you have a question concerning your health or a specific ailment you are facing. We are careful to not make claims about our Elderberry Syrup beyond its proven strength to support a healthy immune system and other systems in our bodies. But the truth is, many of our customers are experiencing incredible benefits from elderberries. You can read it in their reviews, elderberries are powerful! So here are a few ways elderberries provide our bodies with incredible benefits to your health and wellness:
Many of the Elderberries benefits can be credited to anthocyanins- antioxidants that are a water-soluble vacuolar pigments that, depending on their pH, may appear red, purple, blue or black. Think any dark berry...full of anthocyanins! In fact, aronia berries (also in our formula) are an even HIGHER antioxidant level than elderberries.
- Elderberries aid in immune support. In addition to high levels of Vitamin C, D and E, the anthocyanins present in elderberries are a huge reason they support and boost the body’s immune response. We were pretty interested in the results found in this trial. As far as current pandemic goes, there is a ton of misinformation out there on elderberry and coronavirus (claiming that it either helps or hurts treatment and recovery). We are very open with our customers in encouraging them to consult their doctor with those questions, as the research and conclusions of everything with such a new virus are still developing. Here is an article concluding elderberries and their immune-modulating properties.
- Elderberries support respiratory health. Anthocyanins directly impact lung health. Check out this study and the results they concluded. In addition to respiratory health, elderberries can also aid our bodies’ defense of common seasonal threats from local pollens.
- Elderberries support digestive health. Anthocyanins aid in gut health making it easier to digest foods. Our digestive health and the occurrence of things like inflammation can oftentimes go unnoticed or misunderstood. Here’s some more information on elderberries and their impact on inflammation: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5075620/
- Elderberries support healthy blood sugar levels. This study was helpful to us to learn more and understand why.
Whew, that’s a lot of information. Again, not medical experts but we have benefitted from the studies and research we have found in our journey. We’ve listed some above and encourage you to research for yourselves the incredible benefits of elderberries!