Elderberry has long been used in natural medicine as an immune booster. A dark purple berry that’s found in the warmer areas of North America, Europe, Asia and Northern Africa, it’s also cooked into delicious pies and jams.
But it’s the elderberry’s unique flavonoid content that makes it so helpful for boosting health. The ripe fruit contains anthocyanidins, as well as quercetin, rutin, isoquercetin, and hyperoside, phytosterols, carotenoids, iron, copper, zinc, vitamin C and magnesium.
That powerhouse combination makes it an ideal base for a variety of supplements that can help with everything from fighting inflammation to reducing flu symptoms. (It’s also used as a laxative, for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, sciatica, cardiovascular disease, hyperlipidemia, headache, toothache, and weight loss…the list goes on.)
So what’s the best way to use elderberry in everyday life? The extract comes in a variety of forms that can be used on a maintenance basis or to help shorten cold and flu symptoms. Here are a few of our favorite versions of this powerful botanical into your natural health arsenal.
Everyday immune support
Nature’s Way Sambucus Elderberry Gummies
These tasty gummies are sourced from elderberries grown in the foothills of the Styrian region of Austria, where the trees are cared for by hand by growers with generations of knowledge. The elderberries grown here contain elevated levels of anthocyanins, which are key to the berries’ health benefits.
Adults and children over can chew them daily for maintenance, especially during cold and flu season.
For cold & flu symptoms
A combination of organic extracts of elderberry and echinacea provide maximum immune support. Elderberry is especially good at helping stop the replication of the flu virus, and clinical studies have shown that it can substantially reduce the duration of flu symptoms when take regularly during the first 1-2 days of the illness.
The addition of antioxidant-rich vitamin C (derived from organic amla berry), organic rosemary extract and zinc from organic guava creates a delicious, sugar-free syrup that can be used as needed. We also love that the whole line is Certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified!
This black elderberry glycerite is an alcohol-free tincture that’s easy to drop into water or juice to give little ones an extra boost of immune support during the sick season. It’s safe for children over 1 year of age and is best taken between meals.