PRIMARY USES: Influenza (Flu), Colds, High Cholesterol, Antioxidant Protection, Eye Health
Elderberry is one of the most effective herbs to use for flu; it is effective against numerous strains of influenza. Elderberry helps to shorten the duration of flu symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, headache, sore throat, cough and body aches, and it neutralize the activity of the hemagglutinin spikes found on the surface of several viruses, causing the viruses to deactivate so they are unable to infect cells. Elderberry can be used during an active flu (optimally combined with Oregano Oil or Echinacea Goldenseal), or used as a preventative to avoid getting sick during the flu season.
Elderberry liquid extract is a very concentrated source of anthocyanins, purple pigments that serve as powerful antioxidants, and these anthocyanins enhance immune function and protect the body against disease by boosting the production of cytokines (proteins that regulate immune response), including tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interleukins. Elderberry also contains the flavonoids quercetin and rutin and is high in vitamins A and C. The extract can be taken on a long-term basis to increase one’s resistance to illness and help rebuild a strong immune response.
Elderberry offers cardiovascular protection by reducing oxidation of LDL cholesterol; it is a contributing factor of cardiovascular disease, especially heart attacks and strokes. It also reduces atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) by preventing platelets from forming to blood vessel walls. Furthermore, Elderberry can benefit those with elevated lipid levels by reducing total cholesterol and triglycerides.
Elderberry can help those with poor night vision by regenerating rhodopsin, a pigment of the retina that is responsible for both the formation of the photoreceptor cells and the perception of light and enables the eyes to adjust to darkness. Elderberry anthocyanins also protect against retinopathy (an accumulation of blood in the retina) by reducing the permeability of thin vessel walls.
Elderberry also seems to reduce stress.
CONTRA·INDICATIONS AND CAUTIONS:
COMPLIMENTARY FORMULAS & SINGLE HERBS:
Oregano Oil (broad-spectrum anti-microbial)
Echinacea Goldenseal (for active infection)
Immuno-Tonic (immune-boosting formula)
Respir Ease (for congestion)
Green Tea Formula (additional antioxidant protection)
B-Complex ( Nutritional/Cardiovascular Support)
DOSAGE: 20-40 drops 2-3 times per day in juice or water.