What are the benefits of elderberries?

We use elderberries in our ">Relaxed Reishi Botanical SuperTonic. Apart from their delicious flavour and stunning colour, elderberries deliver many additional health benefits. We pair elderberries with reishi and birch for a beautiful drink that reminds us of a rose in both colour and flavour.

So, what are the nutritional benefits of elderberries?

Elderberries are very high in antioxidants, these can help relieve colds, fight the flu, and boost the immune system.

Additionally, elderberry contains high levels of flavonoids, which deliver further anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. They also help to protect healthy cells from harmful free radicals that, among other things, lead to visible signs of ageing.

Elderberries as a cold and flu treatment

Elderberries have been used as a home remedy for cold and flu treatment for centuries. If consumed, as a syrup, within 48 hours of the first signs of infection, there is some evidence that it can decrease the severity and duration of the infection.

A 2016 study from Australia with 312 long-haul airline passengers reported that those who used elderberry extract 10 days before and five days after embarking on their flights had 50 percent fewer sick days resulting from a cold than those who did not.

In addition, passengers who used elderberry had less severe colds.

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