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Natural Benefits of Elderberries

Berries are deemed little superfoods because they are loaded with antioxidants and micronutrients that fight free radicals. They’re also juicy, delicious and sweet. One berry that gets a lot of praise is the Elderberry, and for good reason. It’s been in used for medicinal purposes around the globe for many centuries.

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Benefits of Elderberries

The ancient Greeks and Egyptians referred to this plant as the ‘people’s medicine chest’ because of its vast benefits and the health conditions it seemed to resolve. Today, it’s recognized as one of the top antiviral herbs. You may have noticed that elderberry is used a lot in cough syrups, cough drops, and teas. It’s great for colds, the flu, sinus issues, inflammation and so much more. Let’s dig a little deeper into the elderberry benefits.

The leaves, stems and bark are used only for medicinal formulas. The juicy dark berries in raw form are not that palatable, they have more of a tart or sour flavor. They can cause stomach upset, diarrhea and nausea if eaten raw. But, the cooked berries have been successfully made into syrups, jams, jellies, marmalades, wine, juices, infusions, ointments and more.

Nutrient Value

Elderberries contain vitamins A, B6, B12, and loads of vitamin C. They also contain minerals like copper, phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, selenium and folate. They’re also a good source of protein, amino acids and fiber with 7 grams per 100 gram of berries.

Flu and Cold Relief

Elderberries amp up our immune system so we can battle cold and flu symptoms. They contain anthocyanidins which are found naturally in purple-colored foods. It’s found in all tissues of its leaves, stems, roots, flowers, and fruits, which play a major role in protecting our bodies.

Natural Diuretic

As a natural diuretic and a good laxative, elderberries are useful for both urination and bowel movements. Its high fiber content is a great remedy for constipation, reducing gas and improving gastrointestinal health.

Heart Health

The potassium in elderberries is good for cardiovascular protection. It allows tightness or tension in the veins and arteries to relax and reduces blood pressure. Its fiber content is also good for lowering cholesterol and digestion.

Lowers Blood Sugar

The berries and stems of the elderberry plant have been used to treat diabetes. Its antioxidant anthocyanins and procyanidins work on the pancreas and help regulate insulin and glucose levels.

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Gorgeous Skin & Longevity

Elderberries vitamin A, bioflavonoids and antioxidants make a good combination for a youthful complexion. Its high vitamin C content can assist the body in creating collagen which is an essential protein for healthy skin, nails and hair.

Healthy Bones

The high mineral content of potassium, calcium and iron in elderberries can increase bone mineral density, build stronger bones and reduce the signs of osteoporosis.

Fight Anemia

One cup of elderberries offers about 13 percent of our daily iron intake which is essential for building new red blood cells. Its vitamin C levels ensure it will be assimilated easily. So, it’s great to those dealing with anemia or a low hemoglobin.

May Prevent Cancer

Studies have shown that the anthocyanins, flavonoids and other polyphenolics collective contribute to the high antioxidant levels and anti-cancer properties in the elderberries.

32 Comments

  • Interesting facts about the Elderberries! I find it interesting they can lower blood sugar! So many great benefits! Thank you for the post!

  • Many berries have benefits, surprisingly enough to lower blood glucose among other things. Thanks for the enlightenment on elderberries.

  • And they are so cute and pretty!!! They remind me of my childhood. Awesome there are so many benefits!

  • Wow,these are amazing!I did not know about these berries. I must research more to see if I can grow them in my climate.I will also look into buying some in liquid form for my health!Thanks again for sharing another very helpful article.With your knowledge you would make a wonderful naturalistic/alternative/complimentary lifestyle health practitioner!

  • I had no idea that elderberries packed such a nutritional punch! I am definitely going to seek them out for their amazing health benefits.

  • Wow!!!! That is one of those berries I have never even thought of. I will be looking for them now. You are such a great source of healthy foods. Thank You and keep up the great work. LOVE IT.

  • it is certainly a power house of nutrients & benefits I wasn’t aware of. Where exactly do elderberries grow? I’ve never seen any in their natural habitat.

  • I’ve heard that they’re very good for you, but have never tried it. I should take a closer look.

  • I didn’t realize they had so much iron. A lot of women have anemia including myself. I am curious about what they may taste like.

  • I didn’t realize elderberries had this many healing properties. I bought some tea that elderberry in it, and really enjoyed it!

  • I have never noticed the ingredient of elderberries in medicinal compounds. In future I’ll be looking for it since it has so many benefits.

  • I think it is so intriguing, yet unsurprising, that there are a vast amount health benefits in these simplistic, natural foods. I am quite impressed with this post, and I don’t think I will see elderberries in the same way as I did before.

  • Again, I have to thank you for bringing many of the benefits of the Elderberry to our attention. I am amazed that we do not hear more about this berry and plant with so many healthy properties in taken properly. Thank you so much. I am going to do more research on ‘wonder’ Elderberry.

  • I have never tried these berries before, give all the information from this article, I will certainly explore them now.

  • Oh wow so many benefits, great to know and honestly I can’t recall if I have ever tried elderberries, I’ve seen them and that’s about it!

  • I take elderberry syrup regularly to boost my immune system. I also gave it to my 91 year old grandmother this past winter when she got the flu and she recovered 2 days after starting it.

  • I give my 2 daughter elderberry syrup everyday to prevent colds. I have a sore throat today, so I steeped some in my tea. I didn’t realize all the other health benefits. I am going to start steeping it in my tea everyday.

  • I have never tried these berries before but with the benefits you have added I would love to add them to my diet!
    Thank you so much for the information! <3

  • I have never heard of Elderberry before, I have osteoporosis and love the bone benefit. Where can one buy them?

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