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Benefits of Black Elderberry

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These little berries offer some big benefits. Black elderberries are a great way to help support the immune system.* They’re a natural source of vitamins C, E, and A, and are packed with more free-radical-fighting antioxidants than cranberries, blueberries, or pomegranates.

Black elderberries are prized for their incredible health benefits, providing powerful immune support straight from nature.* It’s no wonder people have been using these immunity berries in folk remedies for thousands of years.

Nature’s Original Immune Support*

Elderberries have been used throughout the world as natural health remedies for centuries. Hippocrates, known as the Father of Medicine, called elderberries his “medicine chest” in 400 BCE, and other classical physicians have been putting these powerful berries to use in their own remedies since ancient times.

Elderberries grow throughout the world, but the European black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) has some of the highest levels of antioxidants, even among other elderberries. These naturally occurring antioxidants are part of what gives black elderberries their incredible immune-supporting benefits.*

Why are antioxidants such a big deal when it comes to our health? They help fight free radicals that damage our bodies at a cellular level. Free radicals are produced when our bodies break down food and when we’re exposed to environmental toxins, like cigarette smoke and pollution. We can’t avoid them, but we can combat them. That’s where antioxidants come in.

Antioxidants help the body fight off free radicals. They can help bolster the immune system and defend against the damage caused by these invaders. We get antioxidants from the foods we eat and the supplements we take. Colorful fruits and vegetables, including black elderberries, are natural sources of antioxidants.

These free-radical-fighting superheroes are what give fruits and vegetables their distinct colors. Different fruits and vegetables contain different kinds of antioxidants. That’s why it’s so important to eat a diet full of colorful fruits and vegetables.

Black elderberries get their deep purple color from the antioxidants they contain: anthocyanins and flavonoids. They are types of polyphenols, the super important antioxidant found in grapes and red wine. What makes black elderberries so special is that they contain A LOT of polyphenols. That’s why people have been using black elderberries to make wines, tinctures, jams, and more for centuries! (It’s important to note that raw elderberries are toxic, and they must be heated to remove their toxic compounds before they can be consumed.)

Anthocyanins and flavonoids not only help fight damaging free radicals, they have anti-inflammatory properties as well. Chronic inflammation is thought to be a leading cause of many diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Eating foods with anti-inflammatory compounds, like berries and other fruits and vegetables, can help counteract that inflammation and lead to better health and wellness.

Better Berries, Better Product

European black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) contains some of the highest concentrations of antioxidants among the elderberry family due in part to their excellent growing conditions.

Sambucol only uses European black elderberry in all of our products. We harvest our berries from Central Europe, where they grow at just the right altitude to produce some of the best berries on earth.

Our berries are picked at peak ripeness and pressed using a proprietary method that preserves their potency and maintains freshness for every Sambucol product. Our unique method means our syrups are closest to the fruit and closest to the original immune-supporting benefits of these superberries.*

The entire process takes only about two weeks, and our extraction process is so strict, it actually lives up to stringent European fruit juice standards.

We care a lot about our berries, and our passion and attention to detail translates into antioxidant-charged immune support in a bottle.* Better berries, means better immune support* for you and your family.

Spoonful of black elderberries used for immune support

Nature’s Berries, Our Recipe, Your Immune Support*

Supporting your immune system shouldn’t be hard. Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep are all great ways to naturally strengthen your immunity, but they’re not always realistic in our hectic lives.

Life gets messy. That’s where Sambucol comes in. We make it easy to support your immune system all year long with products you can take every day.* We take the natural immune-supporting benefits of black elderberry,* and bottle them up just for you.

We have dozens of products to choose from for your entire family—from infants to kids to adults. You’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in our great lineup of immune-supporting* products:

  • The Original Black Elderberry Syrup: Our Original Syrup contains 3.8 grams of black elderberry per serving and can be added to your favorite recipes for a dash of immune support.*
  • Best-selling Black Elderberry Gummies: Our gummies are delicious and have only 1 gram of added sugar for pop-able immune support* wherever you go.
  • NEW! Daily Immune Drink Powder: Our immune drink powder makes staying hydrated easy with a delicious berry flavor that dissolves quickly in water for extra immune support on the go.*
  • Just For Kids: Sambucol makes syrups and gummies made just for kids and infant drops for toddlers and babies as young as 6 months.
  • All the Formats: Not into syrups? Don’t like the chewiness of gummies? No problem. We have chewable tablets, capsules, soft throat lozenges, drinks and more so you can get the immune-supporting benefits of black elderberry* in whatever form you like best.
Sambucol Black Elderberry products for immune support

Summing It All Up

Take control of your immune health with the antioxidants nature provided in a delicious supplement that’s closest to the berry!* Shop Sambucol Black Elderberry now!

Black elderberries are fantastic for supporting your immune health due to their naturally high levels of antioxidants. They contain powerful antioxidants like vitamins C, E, and A, and the pigment-producing anthocyanins and flavanols.

Antioxidants help fight free radicals in the body which, left unchecked, can cause damage to cells and weaken your immune system.

Sambucol harnesses the power of black elderberries using a proprietary extraction process that keeps it closest to the fruit. Sambucol is the Original Black Elderberry supplement, providing powerful support for everyday immune health.*


Healthline. “Elderberry: Benefits and Dangers.” Written by Elise Mandl, BSc, APD on March 18, 2018. Accessed March 2021 at: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/elderberry
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. “Antioxidants: In Depth.” Article last updated November 2013. Accessed March 2021 at: https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/antioxidants-in-depth
Britannica. “Elderberry plant.”Written by The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica. Article last updated February 2008. Accessed March 2021 at https://www.britannica.com/plant/elder-plant
Botanical.com. “A Modern Herbal.” Written by M. Grieve. Originally published in print August 1931. Accessed March 2021 at https://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/e/elder-04.html