3 Immune supporting benefits of elderberries

Karen Alexander MSc, BA (Hons), NTDip, mBant, rCNHC Technical Advisor and Nutritional Therapist.

As we head into the colder months many people will be focusing on supporting their immune system to prevent dreaded coughs, colds and flu.

 

Elderberry, also known as Sambucus nigra, is a bush that is native to the US and Europe and produces dark coloured bitter berries. It is these berries that go into Wild Nutrition Food-Grown Immune Support and Bespoke Child Daily Multi Nutrient.

 

But what makes elderberry so special and why do we include them in our formulas?

 

1. Helps to combat flu

 

Probably the most talked about benefit of elderberry is its ability to inhibit several strains of the flu virus. It can reduce the duration of flu symptoms by increasing the antibody level to combat influenza and help fight off the illness. This wonderful botanical also seems to reduce inflammation which could explain why it has a pronounced effect on reducing aches, pain and fever.

 

2. Supports your immune defences

 

As elderberry is extremely effective at strengthening the immune system it can combat illnesses such as colds. Elderberry increases certain immune cells, including macropages, which act like scavengers in the body that find nasty viruses and bacteria to be eliminated.

 

3. Antioxidant rich

 

Elderberry contains antioxidants anthocyanins, bioflavanoids and polyphenols which protects against excessive oxidative stress. Antioxidants can help to slow the ageing process and prevent disease.

 

Studies have highlighted anthocyanins ability to protect our veins and arteries against oxidative stress. As damage to veins and arteries are a precursor to heart disease, this could be a beneficial botanical for cardiovascular issues.

 

For more on how you can support your health this season, see 'Vitamin D: How much is enough?' and 'Autumnal equinox: 9 Tips to support your health this season'

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