Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a small black berry used in folk medicine in syrups, jams and medicinal wines to boost the immune response and treat coughs, colds, flu and sinusitis. In vitro studies and placebo-controlled trials confirm elderberry’s antiviral effect showing that elderberry extract can bind and inhibit influenza virus and reduce the length and severity of influenza symptoms. In addition to anti-viral activity, elderberry protects against cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and UV radiation due to its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that increase glutathione levels, scavenge nitric oxide and oxygen radials, and act as a laxative, diaphoretic and diuretic.
Sidor, A. and A. Gramza-Michałowska, Advanced research on the antioxidant and health benefit of elderberry (Sambucus nigra) in food – a review. Journal of Functional Foods, 2015. 18: p. 941-958.
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