Natural Health and Wellness for the Whole Family

Elderberry: Natural Alternative to Flu Vaccine

By Sarah Axtell, ND November 12, 2012

Elderberry is a must-have herb in your medicine cabinet during cold and flu season! Here are some fun facts regarding Elderberry:

  • Excellent anti-viral
  • Elderberry has been found to reduce the duration of the flu by inactivating flu virus replication.
  • A study published in the Journal of International Medical Research revealed that nearly 90% of patients had complete cure from the flu within two to three days after taking elderberry. It’s likely that antioxidants called flavonoids — which are contained in all deeply pigmented berries — stimulate the immune system. Also, other compounds in elderberry, called anthocyanins, have an anti-inflammatory effect; this could explain the effect on aches, pains, and fever.
  • Elderberry can be taken preventatively during cold and flu season, and at higher doses, elderberry can be taken to treat colds and flus.
  • Safe for all children and adults, and it tastes delicious! Consult your naturopathic doctor for the correct dose and preparation.

Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health practitioners with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.


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