Elderberries occur in Australasia and South America. They grow in clusters of small black, blue or red berries. These berries were used in European folk medicine. Hippocrates called these elder berries as “medicine chest.”
Elderberries are good for eyes, cough, colds, flu and bacterial and viral infections. In the year 1995 elderberry juice was used to treat flu epidemic in panama.
Research proves that elderberries are concentrated sources of anthocyanins. The anthocyanins enrich immunity by boosting production of cytokines. These cytokines are proteins which help regulate immune response.
The elderberry extract reduces oxidation of LDL cholesterol. The oxidation process leads to cardiovascular diseases. Studies have proved that elderberries help in weight loss, improve blood pressure and have a positive effect on the physical and emotional state of the people.
It is beneficial if you take about 10 ounces of elderberry juice per day. Too much of anything is bad larger doses will cause diarrhea. If you are pregnant it would be very wise to consult your doctor before taking any medicine. The tannins present in elderberries may interfere with iron absorption. Besides there is lack of research studies in this area it would be wise not to drink it if you are pregnant.
Information sources; herbwisdom.com, nutraingredients.com, livestrong.com