Elderberries occur in Australasia and South America. They grow in clusters of small black, blue or red berries. These berries were used in European folk medicine. Hippocrates called these elderberries a “medicine chest.”
Health Benefits of Elderberries
Elderberries are good for eyes, cough, colds, flu, and bacterial and viral infections. In the year 1995, elderberry juice was used to treat the flu epidemic in Panama.
Research proves that elderberries are concentrated sources of anthocyanins. The anthocyanins enrich immunity by boosting the production of cytokines. These cytokines are proteins that help regulate the immune response.
The elderberry extract reduces the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. The oxidation process leads to cardiovascular diseases. Studies have proved that elderberries help in weight loss, improve blood pressure, and positively affect people’s physical and emotional states.
It is beneficial if you take about 10 ounces of elderberry juice daily. Too much of anything is bad. Larger doses will cause diarrhea. If you are pregnant, it would be wise to consult your doctor before taking any medicine. The tannins present in elderberries may interfere with iron absorption. Besides, there is a lack of research studies in this area it would be wise not to drink it if you are pregnant.