Elderberry scientifically known as Sambucus nigra is actually a delightful and advantageous fruit. The fruit is native to Europe and North America. The elderberry contains certain compounds and substances that might have a beneficial impact on health.
Elderberry is a good source of nutrients, vitamins, minerals. Elderberry contains antioxidants, and many believe it can relieve colds, fight the flu, and boost the immune system.
Elderberry refers to several different varieties of the Sambucus tree, which is a flowering plant belonging to the Adoxaceae family.
Elderberries contain organic pigments, tannin, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, sugar, rutin, viburnic acid, vitamin A and B and a large amount of vitamin C. They are also mildly laxative, a diuretic, and diaphoretic. Flavonoids, including quercetin, are believed to account for the therapeutic actions of the elderberry flowers and berries. According to test tube studies these flavonoids include anthocyanin’s that are powerful antioxidants and protect cells against damage.
Elderberries were listed in the CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs as early as 1985, and are listed in the 2000 Mosby's Nursing Drug reference for colds, flu, yeast infections, nasal and chest congestion, and hay fever. In Israel, Hadassah’s Oncology Lab has determined that elderberry stimulates the body's immune system and they are treating cancer and AIDS patients with it.
Elderberries contain high levels of vitamin A, which helps soothe the skin, help ease the appearance of age spots, and prevent or lessen wrinkles.
People have used elderberries for their potential health-boosting properties for many years, most notably to fight colds and the flu.
Elderberries contain high levels of fibre. Consuming elderberries as part of a healthful diet may lead to some health benefits, including protection from cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer.
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