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FAQ

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General

Why take Sambucol Black Elderberry products?

Sambucol Black Elderberry products contain natural black elderberry extract. Scientific studies have shown that black elderberries are unusually rich in phytochemicals called anthocyanins, which help stimulate the immune system and support cell health.* The highest concentration values of anthocyanins are found in black elderberries, nearly double the amount found in most fruits.

What are the traditional uses of black elderberry?

From ancient times, juice from black elderberries has been used in traditional remedies for colds, coughs and upper respiratory infections. The berries also have long been used for making preserves, wines, winter cordials and for adding flavor and color to other wines.  

 

Prized as potent antioxidants and for their ability to support a healthy immune system, black elderberries and black elderberry extracts have more recently been used in dietary supplements and in natural health products.

What is the difference between Sambucol Black Elderberry products and other black elderberry products?

Not all black elderberry extracts are the same. Only Sambucol Black Elderberry, the original black elderberry extract introduced more than 20 years ago, contains the same proprietary, naturally balanced elderberry extract used in the published scientific studies. Other products use a concentrated, standardized elderberry extract. They are fundamentally different ingredients.

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Usage and Storage

Can I take Sambucol Black Elderberry products year round?

Yes, Sambucol Black Elderberry products are safe to take throughout the year to support a healthy immune system. Please refer to each product’s label for proper dosage.

What do Sambucol Black Elderberry syrups and gummies taste like?

Sambucol Black Elderberry syrups and gummies have a sweet and slightly tangy berry flavor that appeals to most people, including children.

Can I mix Sambucol Black Elderberry syrups with foods or beverages?

Absolutely! Try blending the recommended dosage of black elderberry syrup with yogurt, into smoothies or into juice. Some people start their mornings by blending the syrup into their hot cereal or adding it to their pancake syrup. It’s even tasty in some adult beverages. Check out the Recipe section of the Sambucol Black Elderberry blog for more ideas.

Can Sambucol Black Elderberry products be used by children?

Yes, Sambucol Black Elderberry products can be used by children. Please refer to each product’s label for age recommendations. Shop our Kids and Infants line of black elderberry syrups, gummies and infant drops here.

Can Sambucol Black Elderberry products be used while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Because there is no scientific data on the use of Sambucol Black Elderberry products during pregnancy or breastfeeding, it is advisable to avoid taking Sambucol Black Elderberry products at this time. If you are pregnant or nursing, consult your healthcare provider before taking any new supplement or medication.

Are there any possible contraindications between Sambucol Black Elderberry products and other substances?

There are no known contraindications for the use of black elderberry extract and any prescription or over-the-counter medications. Always consult a healthcare professional before taking any new supplement or medication.

Can Sambucol Black Elderberry products be used by asthmatics?

There is no evidence suggesting that black elderberry extracts have either a positive or negative effect on patients suffering from asthma. As with any preexisting medical condition, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional before starting to take any new supplement or medication.

Can Sambucol Black Elderberry products be used by people with high blood pressure?

There is no evidence suggesting that black elderberry extracts have either a positive or negative effect on people with high blood pressure. As with any preexisting medical condition, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional before taking any new supplement or medication.

Can I take Sambucol Black Elderberry products if I have heartburn?

The recommended daily dose of Sambucol Black Elderberry products should not cause heartburn. However, some Sambucol Black Elderberry products contain zinc and/or vitamin C, which, in large quantities, may cause or worsen heartburn. If you experience heartburn while taking a Sambucol Black Elderberry product, discontinue its use. As with any preexisting medical condition, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional prior to use of food supplements or medications.

Do Sambucol Black Elderberry products require any special storage conditions?

It is recommended that you store Sambucol Black Elderberry products in a cool and dry place. Storing in the refrigerator is fine.


Allergen/Dietary

Do Sambucol Black Elderberry products contain any common allergens?

Sambucol Black Elderberry products are free of most common allergens. Our products are:

  • Gluten free
  • Free of nuts
  • Free of ingredients derived from nuts
  • Produced in nut-free facilities
  • Free of artificial colors (The rich purple color of Sambucol Black Elderberry products comes naturally from the black elderberries.)

Are Sambucol Black Elderberry products dairy free?

Most Sambucol Black Elderberry products are dairy free. The one exception is Sambucol Homeopathic Temporary Cold & Flu Symptom Relief Tablets, which contain dairy-derived lactose as an inactive ingredient.

Do Sambucol Black Elderberry products contain animal-derived ingredients?

Most Sambucol Black Elderberry products do not contain any animal-derived ingredients. The only exceptions are Sambucol Homeopathic Temporary Cold & Flu Symptom Relief Tablets, which contain dairy-derived lactose as an inactive ingredient, and Sambucol Pastilles Throat Lozenge, which contains honey.

Are Sambucol Black Elderberry products suitable for use by vegetarians?

Most Sambucol Black Elderberry products are suitable for use by vegetarians. Please refer to each product’s label for ingredient information.

Are Sambucol Black Elderberry products suitable for use by vegans?

Most Sambucol Black Elderberry products are suitable for use by vegans. The only exceptions are Sambucol Homeopathic Temporary Cold & Flu Symptom Relief Tablets, which contain dairy-derived lactose as an inactive ingredient, and Sambucol Pastilles Throat Lozenge, which contains honey.

Do Sambucol Black Elderberry products contain preservatives?

Please refer to each product’s label for ingredient information.

Are Sambucol Black Elderberry products sugar free?

Please refer to each product’s label for ingredient information. Shop Sambucol Sugar Free Syrup here. 

Do Sambucol Black Elderberry products contain sodium?

Sambucol Black Elderberry products contain only a trace amount of sodium.

Are Sambucol Black Elderberry products kosher?

Most Sambucol Black Elderberry products are approved kosher. Please refer to each product’s label for kosher certification information.


Samples

Does Sambucol offer free product samples?

Sambucol is proud to offer product samples of our black elderberry gummies to qualifying medical offices! If you are interested, simply provide your information in the form on this page. Please note that this is for healthcare professionals only.


Shipping and Returns

Where does Sambucol ship?

Please refer to our Shipping Policy.

How long does it take to ship Sambucol Black Elderberry products?

Please refer to our Shipping Policy.

What is Sambucol’s return policy?

Please refer to our Guarantee and Return Policy.