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What’s up with Elderberry?

You may have heard of Elderberry Tea or seen Elderberry Gummies or Syrups in the store, but what exactly is it and how does it benefit you? Elderberry, or Sambucus Nigra, is a flowering plant found in Europe, Africa, and parts of Asia and is used primarily for medicinal purposes. Dating as far back as the Ancient Greeks, Hippocrates, known as “the father of medicine” described the plant as his ‘medicine chest’ due to the wide-array of health concerns it seemed to cure. Still today, it is known as one of the top antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory herbs on the planet. A low-calorie food, elderberries are packed with antioxidants, vitamins (A,C,E and B6), fiber, iron, and potassium. 

Studies have shown that taking elderberries may help with: 

 Boosting the immune system * Sinus issues 

 Inflammation * Headaches 

 Chronic fatigue * Allergies 

 Constipation * Heart health 

 Skin health * Shortening the Common Cold and Flu 

Excitingly, studies are also being conducted on the effects elderberries may have with the virus Covid-19. While much is still unknown, promising evidence suggests that elderberry may help to inhibit the virus from binding or entering into our cells; therefore, stopping the replication and spreading of the virus inside our bodies! Research is ongoing; so it is important to talk with your doctors if you do contract Covid-19. 

Elderberry products including syrups, jams, wines, gummies, and lozenges are readily available in stores. For a delicious local, homemade organic elderberry syrup with local raw honey, try Wanderful Berries Organic Elderberry Syrup made in North Denver. You can find it In LoHi Local at 3200 Tejon St or email wanderfulberries@gmail.com for more information. 

While elderberries have a slew of good-for-you properties, it is always important to be mindful while taking anything new. Ripe, cooked berries are edible and most commercially produced products should not cause any adverse reactions; however, uncooked, raw berries should not be consumed. Although uncommon, elder flower and berries may cause an allergic reaction in certain people. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have an autoimmune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, you should consult your physician before taking.  

Light and Love,

Amy Robison 

North Denver local and owner of Wanderful Berrries Elderberry Syrup, Amy aims to help others through natural and organic means; teaching outdoor fitness and yoga classes and sharing her knowledge of health and wellness to others. For more information contact Amy at wanderfulberries@gmail.com 

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