Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Sambucol and other black elderberry products?
Not all black elderberry extracts are the same. Only Sambucol, 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.
What are the traditional uses of elderberry?
From ancient times, juice from black elderberries has been used in traditional remedies for colds, coughs and upper respiratory infections. The berries have also 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.
Why take Sambucol?
Sambucol contains 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.
Can I take Sambucol year-round?
Yes, Sambucol is safe to take throughout the year to support a healthy immune system. Please refer to each product’s label for proper dosage.
What does Sambucol taste like?
Sambucol has a sweet and slightly tangy berry flavor that appeals to most people, including children.
Can I mix Sambucol with foods or beverages?
Absolutely! Try blending the recommended dosage with yogurt, into smoothies or into juice. Some people start their mornings by blending Sambucol Black Elderberry Extract into their hot cereal or adding it to their pancake syrup. It’s even tasty in some adult beverages. See our Recipe section for more ideas.
Are all Sambucol products kosher?
Most Sambucol products are approved kosher. See the product detail pages for each product’s status.
Do any Sambucol products contain animal-derived ingredients?
Most Sambucol products do not contain any animal-derived ingredients. The only exceptions are Sambucol Cold & Flu Relief homeopathic remedy, which contains dairy-derived lactose as an inactive ingredient, and Sambucol Black Elderberry Pastilles, which contain honey.
Are Sambucol products suitable for use by vegetarians?
Most Sambucol products are suitable for use by vegetarians. The only exceptions are Sambucol Cold & Flu Relief homeopathic remedy, which contains dairy-derived lactose as an inactive ingredient, and Sambucol Black Elderberry Pastilles, which contain honey.
Are the Sambucol products dairy free?
Yes, with the exception of Sambucol Cold & Flu Relief homeopathic remedy, which contains dairy-derived lactose as an inactive ingredient.
Do Sambucol products contain any common allergens?
All Sambucol products are free of most common allergens. They are:
- Gluten free
- Free of nuts and free of ingredients derived from nuts (and produced in nut-free facilities)
- Free of artificial colors (their rich purple color comes naturally from the elderberries)
Are Sambucol products sugar free?
Please see the ingredient label.
Can Sambucol products be used by children?
Yes, all Sambucol products can be used by children. See the specific product instructions on the label for age recommendations.
Can the Sambucol products be used while pregnant or breastfeeding?
Because there is no scientific data on the use of Sambucol during pregnancy or breastfeeding, it is advisable to avoid taking this product 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 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 using any new supplements or medications.
Can Sambucol 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 pre-existing medical condition, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional before starting to take any new supplement or medication.
Can Sambucol 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 pre-existing medical condition, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional before starting to take any new supplement or medication.
Can I take Sambucol if I have heartburn?
The recommended daily dose of Sambucol should not cause heartburn. However, some Sambucol products contain zinc and/or vitamin C which, in large quantities, may cause or worsen heartburn. If you experience heartburn while taking Sambucol, discontinue its use. As with any pre-existing medical condition it is advisable to check with a healthcare professional prior to use of food supplements or medications.
What is Sambucol’s sodium content?
Sambucol products contain only a trace amount of sodium.
Does Sambucol contain preservatives?
Please see the ingredient listings on each product’s detail page.
Does Sambucol require any special storage conditions?
It is recommended that you store Sambucol in a cool and dry place. Storing in the refrigerator is fine.