Researches on Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)

Black Elderberry Syrup has many healing and preventative properties, which we will describe in the following article.

Let’s start with the source of this syrup. Elderberry syrup is obtained from the Sambucus tree (which has white and cream flowers and also has purple, blue, and black fruits).

This syrup is a great source of vitamin A, Vitamin C, Folate, Iron, Potassium, and Calcium.
Here are the functions of each of these vitamins and micronutrients on the human body:

Vitamin A

As you probably know, the first and the most important effect of vitamin A in our body is its tremendous effect on our skin. Vitamin A is very useful for reducing facial wrinkles, increasing skin freshness, reducing acne and treating other skin disorders. Another property of vitamin A is its wonderful effect on vision. Vitamin A also has anti-cancer properties.

Since skin is one of our important body parts, and it’s always exposed to hot and cold weather or sunlight, it is very important to take care of it, in other words, staying young and having healthy skin for a long time requires more attention.
Vitamin A and Vitamin C in Elderberry Syrup will help to beautify your skin.

Vitamin C

The main effect of vitamin C is on our skin and our immune system.
This vitamin increases the level of collagen production in the skin and thus improves the appearance of it. Also, this vitamin helps the human body to absorb minerals better and fights free radicals.

Potassium

Potassium helps the human body to treat high blood pressure and reduces the risk of stroke.

Calcium

Calcium prevents colon cancer, reduces the negative effects of the premenstrual syndrome, and ensures the health of your teeth and gums.

Iron

Iron Increases energy levels and improves the athlete’s performance.

Folate

Folate reduces the risk of depression; it keeps the heart healthier and prevents cancer.
As mentioned above, Elderberry syrup, due to its sufficient amount of vitamin A and vitamin C, can improve the immune system and strengthen the body against colds, the flu, and other respiratory diseases.

As you know COVID-19 pandemic which nowadays has infected many people all over the world, is a respiratory disease. Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that can infect animals and humans and cause respiratory distress. This disease may be as mild as a cold or as severe as pneumonia. In rare cases, animals may be infected by the coronavirus and infect humans as well and spread widely. Because the disease is a viral disease, antibiotics have no effect on them, and since it is a new and almost unknown disease, it does not yet have a specific drug or vaccine, so the best way to confront this illness is to prevent it.

Elderberry syrup has immune-boosting properties, so by improving your body’s immune system, it can shorten the duration of the treatment if you have infected by the virus or even make your symptoms so mild that you can rest for a few days and get well at home.
Of course, consuming this syrup does not prevent these diseases, but it speeds up the healing process and by strengthening your immune system, it shortens the duration of the cold period and reduces this respiratory disease symptoms intensity.

Elderberry syrup also boosts memory. But more research is needed to prove this claim.
As mentioned above, Elderberry syrup contains vitamin A, vitamin C, and anthocyanin, so this syrup helps the body to fight against infection.
In many cases, Inflammation and infection in the body indicate a chronic disease.
Chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart diseases are very dangerous.

Elderberry syrup is diuretic. This feature helps you to control your high blood pressure.
By increasing urination, a lot of water and salts will be excreted from the body. One of these salts is sodium, which its accumulation in the body causes high blood pressure and ultimately will lead to dangerous diseases such as heart disabilities, Anorexia, heart damage, brain damage, or even heart attacks.
Elderberry syrup is laxative because of having anthraquinone, so it can cure constipation.
Anthraquinone is also found in rhubarb, senna, and prevents the absorption of water in the intestines, and then it will increase intestinal pressure which makes excretion easier.

Another benefit of elderberry syrup is its diabetes management property. Because Sambucus nigra has insulin-releasing properties, it ultimately helps the human body to control diabetes.

 

Side effects

Elderberry Syrup is known as a natural immune booster. It also fights colds and constipation. But the leaves of this tree contain cyanide and Lectin, which can cause diarrhea and vomiting.
Excessive use of the Elderberry may cause nausea as well as intestine inflammation. This syrup has a nice taste but due to your own preference, you can take it with honey or any kind of juices.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration.

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