Elderberry is one of the oldest and most commonly used medicinal plants in the world and has long been a go-to remedy for treating inflammation and upper respiratory diseases. The European elderberry (S. nigra L) contains anthocyanins, flavonoids, and other bioactive polyphenolic compounds that have been shown to contribute to its powerful antioxidant capacity. Other species of elderberries also contain these compounds, including the American (S. canadensis) and Blue Elder (S. caerulea), but S. nigra L is the variant of elderberry most studied and the most commonly used in supplements.
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Elderberry Helps Fight Flu & Herpes Viruses
Elderberry had also previously been reported to have antiviral activity against flu viruses and the herpes simplex viruses HSV-1 and HSV-2, which cause cold sores and genital herpes, respectively.
Significant Improvement in Symptoms… Faster
Similarly, a standardized elderberry extract has been shown to prevent replication of at least 10 variants of human flu viruses in laboratory experiments [13,14]. To test its effectiveness in people, a placebo-controlled, double blind study was carried out on a group of individuals who were treated either with the elderberry extract or control extract during an outbreak of the flu.
A significant improvement in symptoms, including fever, was seen in 93.3% of the individuals in the Sambucol-treated group within 2 days. In contrast, 91.7% of the patients in the control group showed an improvement, but only within 6 days. A complete cure was achieved within 2-3 days in nearly 90% of the Sambucol-treated group, but only within at least 6 days in the control group.
Considering the efficacy of the elderberry extract on the many strains of the flu virus in laboratory studies, the clinical results, its low cost, and absence of side-effects, the study authors stated they believed that this preparation could be a safe and effective flu treatment.
Health Benefits of Elderberry for the Immune System
There is growing evidence to indicate that elderberry acts directly on the immune system. For instance, in laboratory experiments, three standardised black elderberry preparations were seen to increase production of five different pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines
Elderberry Is Rich in Antioxidants
Dietary anthocyanins have been shown to reduce inflammation in animal models and black elderberry is one of the richest sources of anthocyanins. In laboratory experiments, black elderberry extract (as well as anthocyanins on their own) have been shown to reduce oxidative stress and combat inflammation.
Similarly, bioactive polyphenols extracted from Sambucus nigra were seen to increase levels of anti-inflammatory cytokines in an animal model of insulin-deficient diabetes.
Elderberry for Metabolic Dysfunction, Heart Health, HIV-AIDS & Constipation
Other potential health benefits of elderberry have to do with weight management and heart health. In a 2015 study, the effects of Black Elder extract were assessed in an animal model of obesity. After 16 weeks, animals given the extract showed significantly lower levels of serum insulin and triglycerides, along with improvements in markers of inflammation and insulin resistance – a condition which typically leads to diabetes.
Diminished Hardening of the Arteries
High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) is a risk factor that is considered to be protective against atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and heart disease. The efficacy of Black Elder extract containing 13% anthocyanins was assessed in a laboratory animal model of hyperlipidemia and HDL-C dysfunction.
Although blood lipids did not differ significantly between groups after 6 weeks, the study authors observed significant reductions in atherosclerosis progression in animals given the Black Elder extract.
Elderberry and HIV-1/AIDS
Flavonoid compounds present in elderberry (and also in cinnamon and green tea), have been shown to bind to HIV-1 viruses and block their ability to infect their target cells. Additionally, elderberry extract was seen to have additive effects with enfuvirtide, a peptide HIV-1 fusion inhibitor.
Elderberry Is an Effective Treatment for Constipation
In a randomised, crossover, placebo-controlled, single-blinded trial with 20 patients presenting with chronic constipation, a phytotherapeutic (plant-based medicine) compound containing Black Elder was seen to be an effective laxative when taken for a 5-day period.
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