Elderberry effectively prevents and treats the flu virus in humans. Chemical and bio-molecular engineering researchers at the University of Sydney finally confirmed what traditional practitioners have known all along.
Researchers conducting the study used regular, industrially farmed elderberries.
The berries were turned into a syrup which was then administered to three different types of cell groups – pre infection, actively infected, and post infection.
Results were fascinating
Elderberry successfully blocked the flu virus from entering and invading healthy cells serving as a highly potent method for prevention.
Even better, it was more effective at stopping viral progression in cells that were already sick. This was especially evident during the later stages of infection.
Other studies have demonstrated that infected patients who initiated elderberry syrup regimens showed improvement in symptoms 2 to 4 days sooner than those who opted out of treatment.
Patients who opted out recovered in about 8 to 10 days.
Interesting Elderberry Facts
Fresh berries, their bark, and leaves are poisonous if eaten raw.
In the Middle Ages, elderberry trees were considered holy with the capabilities to restore health and promote long lives.
Hippocrates called elderberry “nature’s medicine chest“.
Elderberries are packed with anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are potent antioxidants with anti-inflammatory effects. They are also what give the berries their dark purple color.
How to Make Elderberry Syrup
Elderberry syrup is a permanent fixture in our family’s refrigerator September through April.
Learn step by step how to make elderberry syrup to keep your family healthy during flu season.
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Golnoosh Torabian, Peter Valtchev, Qayyum Adil, Fariba Dehghani. Anti-influenza activity of elderberry (Sambucus nigra). Journal of Functional Foods, 2019; 54: 353 DOI: 10.1016/j.jff.2019.01.031
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