Historically, elderberries have been a go-to cure for several health ailments. In modern times, research is being conducted to examine the elderberry closer to validate the health claims. Although, some uses haven’t been proven yet, elderberries have been scientifically shown to boost the immune system.
Elderberries are rich in essential minerals that help the body fight disease and maintain optimal health. Also, extract from the alkaline berry boost the body’s immunity by increasing antioxidant levels and fighting toxins. A daily serving of the berries can help in preventing both acute and chronic disease.
Elderberry syrup has been proven to possess the ability to reduce mucous secretions in the body. Plus, the fruit is good to fight swelling of the respiratory passages, which means it can aid in healing breathing symptoms associated with the common cold.
Besides treating the common cold, elderberries also decrease the length and severity of flu symptoms. Flu symptoms like chills, sore throat, fever, fatigue, and muscle aches may disappear faster after taking elderberry syrup. According to a study in the Journal of International Medical Research, subjects who consumed elderberry syrup recovered an average of 4 days faster from the flu than those who didn’t take the syrup. In another study, researchers showed that elderberries prohibited avian and swine flu strains from developing in the body.