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"The Power of Elderberries: Boosting Immunity Naturally"

The Elder tree from which come elderflower and elderberries is the Sambucus nigra of the genus Adoxaceae family that grows widely in Europe and also in New Zealand.

Elderflower syrup is a popular Summery drink when mixed with soda water or poured over ice cream and has a sweet flowery flavour. Later in Summer the black elderberries ripen and hang in clusters. The berries, bark and leaves cannot be eaten raw as they are toxic and cause stomach upsets .

However, the berries can be cooked into a rich dark syrup that removes any toxins and makes a powerful health boosting supplement.

Elderberry extract has been used for thousands of years for healing purposes and was described by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine as his " medicine chest"

Rigorous studies have shown the potential health benefits of elderberries and many claim that is has powerful anti-inflammatory properties due to its high concentrations of antioxidants, flavonols and anthocyanins, vitamins A,C, E and B6. It has been claimed to reduce inflammation, support the immune system, inhibit harmful bacteria, reduce flu symptoms, help fight cancer, help with acne and aid digestion.

There are many commercial suppliers of elderberry from syrups, gummies, capsules and powders. You can even make your own if you have your own supply of elderberries. You can check out a recipe for home made elderberry syrup here.

There is growing evidence that it may reduce the severity of COVID 19 along with Vitamin D and was promoted by the British government during the pandemic as a beneficial supplement to take to support the immune system.

The optimum dosage for adults is 500-1000mg a day .

Like all supplements, you should consult your medical practitioner before consuming especially if you are taking any prescription medications or have autoimmune disease.


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