Elderberry Benefits: What Does Elderberry Do For The Body?
Elderberry Health Benefits
The benefits of elderberry syrup are wide-ranging. To start, elderberries are full of important antioxidants known to have anti-inflammatory properties. These antioxidants help fight free radicals in the body and may help support a healthy immune system.*
In fact, elderberries and elderberry syrup have been used in traditional folk remedies for centuries because of their amazing immune-supporting properties,* among many other things. Elderberries, as well as the flowers, leaves and branches of the Elder Plant, have been used in a myriad of folk remedies throughout the world.
The Haschberg variety of black elderberry (Sambucus nigra), grown mainly in Central Europe, is an especially powerful plant because of its exceptional growing conditions: rich, fertile soils and peak elevations. This is the only kind of black elderberry used in all of Sambucol's products, like our Black Elderberry Syrups.
The Key to Elderberry Benefits: Antioxidants
You probably already know that antioxidants are important for your health. But do you know why? Without getting too scientific, antioxidants help fight free radicals, which can cause damage to the cells in your body when left unchecked.
Antioxidants help fight inflammation, strengthen your immune system, and improve overall health and wellbeing.
There are different kinds of antioxidants, and we get them mostly from the foods we eat. Black elderberries are rich in antioxidants called anthocyanins.
Anthocyanins are what give black elderberries their deep purple color. They are a type of flavonoid, the same antioxidant found in foods like dark chocolate, apples, onions, and red cabbage.
These potent antioxidants have been linked to these health benefits:
- Help fight inflammation
- Support healthy immune system function
- Promote heart health and blood vessel health
- Promote brain health, boost focus and memory
What are Other Benefits of Elderberry?
In the last section we learned that the anthocyanins in elderberries can help fight inflammation, support a healthy immune system, promote heart and blood vessel health, and promote brain health, including boosting focus and memory.
Do they offer anymore health benefits? 100%.
Other benefits of elderberries are flavonoids. Flavonoids are a type of polyphenol and are loaded with essential vitamins, like A, C and E.
- Vitamin A works as an antioxidant to help fight cell damage and is an important nutrient when it comes to vision, growth, reproduction and immunity. Vitamin A is also known as retinol or retinoic acid, an antioxidant often used to improve the appearance and health of skin.
- Vitamin C is the darling of the immune support community. In addition to working as an antioxidant to support immune health, your body needs vitamin C to form blood vessels, cartilage, muscle and collagen in bones. It is also vital to your body's healing process.
- Vitamin E works as an antioxidant to fight free radicals and is important to vision, reproduction, and the health of your blood, brain, and skin.
The combinations of these three vitamins helps your body do what it needs to do to be healthy and support general wellness. Vitamins A, C, and E, along with anthocyanins, are what make the black elderberry such a powerful superfruit and a nutritional powerhouse that may help you on your journey to a healthy body.
Why Elderberry is Good for You Compared to Other Fruits
What makes elderberries so exceptional when it comes to health benefits? It's the amount of beneficial antioxidants they contain. Elderberries stand out among other berries and fruits in terms of antioxidant content.
Black elderberries in particular contain some of the highest levels of antioxidants compared to other fruits, including blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries.
And when it comes to elderberries, black elderberries grown in a specific Central European region — known as the Haschberg variety — are standouts because they contain some of the highest concentrations of anthocyanins compared to any other elderberry variety.
Sambucol only uses the Haschberg variety of black elderberries in all of our products. Learn more about Sambucol here.
How to Use Elderberry in Your Diet
Now you know how amazing elderberries can be for your health. How do you add them to your wellness routine? Easy. There are dozens of ways to add elderberry into your diet so you can reap the rewards of this healthy superberry.
Take elderberry syrup
Elderberry syrup is one of the best ways to add elderberries into your daily wellness routine. It is super versatile and can be added to your favorite recipes (think smoothies, yogurts, icings, drinks, even cocktails). Or you can take the syrup as is. It tastes delicious and your body will love it!
Sambucol Elderberry Syrup is simply elderberries crushed down to make a juice. It's that simple. Try our amazing elderberry syrup for yourself today!
We also have delicious recipes for you to try with our secret ingredient. Check out our blog for recipe inspo.
Eat elderberry gummies
This is probably the easiest and most delicious way to add elderberry to your diet. Elderberry gummies are so tasty and fun to eat, plus they're almost like a daily treat you get to enjoy after your meal.
If you take Sambucol elderberry gummies, you're getting the same amazing benefits of elderberry as our elderberry syrup, but in a yummy gummy.
Add elderberry powder to your drink
Another great way to add elderberry to your diet is through elderberry drink powders. You simply add the elderberry powder directly into your water, be it bubbly or still, and get the immune-supporting benefits of elderberry while you hydrate.*
Try our Daily Immune Drink Powder the next time you workout or head to the gym.
Other ways to get elderberry
There are so many easy and great-tasting ways to add elderberry into your daily routine. Check out all of the Sambucol products today to find your favorite.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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