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Have you seen elderberry ALL over the internet recently? I have seen it everywhere, and I have had numerous readers and friends asking me for information on it. Today, we are going to share some chemistry secrets on the truth about elderberry for your health!
If you are confused and wondering if you need to starting taking elderberry right away, then you will love this post!
The problem with so many health fads is there are many biased articles you will read about the subject. It can make it hard to discern what is truth and what is not.
We love sharing chemistry secrets with you which tell you the answers based on science. Science is really the only thing that can prove the answers and the truth behind things.
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The original elderberry (Sambucus nigra) originates in Europe. Mainly, England, parts of central Europe, and southern Europe.
A relative to Sambucus nigra is a North American variety called the American Elder (Sambucus canadensis). Most scientific research has been performed on the European variety. Both should have similar characteristics.
Chemical Breakdown Of Elderberry
I have analyzed numerous chemical testing done on elderberry for the last few decades. As with most fruits like this, you can even find records dating back from the early 1900s. For this post, I made sure to browse the most recent labs and experiments to get the information.
Elderberry fruit contains a large dose of vitamin C. It has around 34.10 mg/per 100 g. That is a significant amount of vitamin C.
Another notable chemical component of elderberry is cellulose. Cellulose is found in all plants, but some have higher amounts than others. This report shows elderberry at about 1.65%.
There are about 864 mg/l of anthocyanins in elderberry. These are a group of antioxidants responsible for color and pigment. As you know, antioxidants are very powerful for your health. All fruits contain them, but levels vary. Fruits with rich, dark pigments tend to have the highest levels of antioxidants.
There are numerous minerals found in elderberries. The largest amounts are Potassium (K), Phosphorous (P), Calcium (Ca), and Magnesium.
There are seven essential amino acids also found in this chemical analysis.
Elderberry also contains all the usual sugars that fruits have.
What Does This Mean?
It is obvious that elderberry has significant health benefits. With high levels of vitamin C, cellulose, and anthocyanins, it is a very healthy option for your immune system.
Benefits of Elderberry
Most information currently online is about elderberry for your immune system. It is true, elderberry will boost your immune system. Again, the vitamin C and anthocyanin content will always keep your immune system healthier
A diet rich in dark pigmented fruits is essential for healthy living. Elderberry has a very rich chemical composition, so as a fruit, it is a really great option. This is similar to blueberries and other dark pigmented berries.
How to Take Elderberry
Most elderberry found online is in the form of syrups or juices. Be cautious about this! Most of these syrups/juices are very high in sugars. Many of these are added sugars.
I have seen some products that are mixed with orange juice or other juice concentrate so it taste better.
You will probably still get the benefits of it, but it has so much added to the substance, you are getting a lot you don’t need.
Elderberry has naturally occurring sugars just like all fruits, so it would probably be more beneficial to take a supplement (like an extract) or anything without added sugar. I have heard good things about this one and this one. Remember that extracts are made with the substance and alcohol. The alcohol extracts the beneficial chemical from the substance so you are left with just the important ingredient. Don’t let the word alcohol concern you in an extract. You don’t use much of it, and they all have it! Just like vanilla or anything else you buy from the store. Or make at home like this 🙂
The Big Question…Does it Work?
I have asked around to everyone I know who has taken elderberry. Most people I know use it for themselves and their children to ward off the flu. I know people who have taken elderberry, but still have gotten the flu. I have talked with people who have never used elderberry, and have never gotten the flu. Then, I have talked with people who use elderberry and have never gotten the flu.
It depends on who you are and other healthy practices you use.
Will It Help the Flu if I Already Have It?
I see people ALL the time online worried about finding elderberry because they already have the flu. Anything that boosts your immune system can help you combat the flu, making it shorter in length. It won’t necessarily cure it right away. If you really want to give it a try, get the EXTRACT! It is more powerful and beneficial.
Why I Won’t Use Elderberry?
If you have an auto-immune disease, this important! Any type of supplement that BOOSTS your immune system can affect your auto-immune disease. Since I have rheumatoid arthritis, the last thing I want to do is make my immune system go into overdrive. People who suffer from these types of diseases need their immune systems to stay at a normal level, not boost it!
Any medical report you read online about elderberry cautions about this. If your kids have any type of auto-immune issues, always talk to your doctor first.
The problem with many of these supplements or concentrated foods is they are very potent. When you eat something normally like fruits or vegetables, you are getting a small amount, so it isn’t as powerful. It delivers the normally healthy dose recommended each day.
I have read numerous reports cautioning people who have any type of auto-immune issue to stay away from elderberry.
How to Really Stay Healthy?
If you want to take elderberry simply for not getting sick this time of year, I highly recommend a healthy lifestyle instead. Taking one supplement, like elderberry, won’t magically keep you in the best shape. It takes a healthy diet, keeping your home clean, staying active, and making sure to always wash your hands! And always clean off your phone! I see people wash there hands, then pick up there phone to use it. The phone will still have all the germs from anything you touched previously.
I am the crazy lady in the gym who carries my homemade hand sanitizer around, wiping down machines before I use them. Never use your hands to open doors or touch anything. Use a sleeve or elbow.
Children and adults should take a multi-vitamin each day to have a good balance of all the important components. One supplement will deliver a large dose of something, but your body needs a good balance.