Scientists have confirmed the health benefits of this ancient remedy.
Black elderberry has been used for centuries to help cure a range of illnesses, and now scientists have verified the science behind it.
Ancient and natural medicines are often discarded in favor of newer and more chemical methods, despite the old ways being just as useful and often better for you. Thanks to the advent of Big Pharma, many ancient medicines don’t get a look in anymore.
But supporters of holistic medicine swear by its natural healing properties – now scientists can confirm why.
The black elderberry has been known to cure colds and flus, attributed to its potent antioxidant and ant-inflammatory properties, and its ability to give the immune system a much needed boost.
The active ingredient that has been identified in black elderberry (Sambucus nigra L.) is Laciniata, an antiviral that works to kill certain strains of bacteria.
Studies on the potency of black elderberries have been conducted in the past, in an effort to judge its healing powers as many have used it over the centuries to effectively ‘cure’ the common cold.
One study conducted at the Department of Virology at Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School revealed the benefits of black elderberry against the flu.
After using black elderberry, subjects were found to have:
“Symptoms were relieved on average 4 days earlier and use of rescue medication was significantly less in those receiving elderberry extract compared with placebo.
Elderberry extract seems to offer an efficient, safe and cost-effective treatment for influenza.”
Many people still feel that natural medicine is the way to go, especially when curing minor illnesses and ailments.
For every shop-bough box of medicine, there will nearly always be a natural alternative that works as well – if not better, and gives the body extra nourishment due to the ‘cure’ nearly always being some kind of fruit, herb or spice.
Caution: Do not eat raw wild elderberries as they are mildly toxic unless cooked or dried and made into a tincture. Watch the video below to learn how to make your own homemade Elderberry medicines.
Here’s how to make your own elderberry soup:
How to make your own elderberry tincture:
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