Elderberry syrup uses are variable and diverse, including topping onto waffles and pancakes, mixing into teas, or using solely for these medicinal purposes:
While elderberry may not prevent the flu, it may be an effective treatment option if you get hit with the virus. Research shows the use of elderberry could shorten the duration of flu by about three to four days, along with lessening symptom severity if taken within the first 24 hours of having the flu. When it comes to recommended dosages, it’s suggested one tablespoon (15 milliliters) of elderberry syrup, taken four times daily for three to five days.
Along with being a supportive agent against the flu, elderberry is well-known in its fight against the cold, particularly related to its vitamin A and C content. In fact, a 2016 research article published in Nutrients found a significant reduction of cold duration and severity in air travelers. Travelers using elderberry starting 10 days before travel until four to five days after arriving overseas, experienced, on average, a two-day shorter duration of the cold and also noticed a reduction in cold symptoms.
The berry has been traditionally explored in its treatment of diabetes, with evidence published in the Journal of Nutrition demonstrating the presence of insulin-releasing and insulin-like activity in the proclaimed anti-diabetic plant, Sambucus nigra.
Elderberry displays numerous anti-inflammatory activities, particularly related to its anthocyanin and vitamins A and C contents. Inflammation has shown to be the root of many chronic diseases, which may label elderberry as a contender against the fight against cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
While elderberry syrup is readily available for purchase, you can also prepare it in the comfort of your own home! Here’s how:
You just made homemade elderberry syrup! Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties.
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