Why Elderberries Are Excellent for Your Health

Updated on March 7, 2019
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Jameel is a new online writer, who specializes in writing articles about healthy eating and nutrition.

Elderberries have been rapidly increasing in popularity over the past few years. There is a good reason for this. The tiny fruit is packed full of flavonoids and anthocyanins, Elderberries are one of the most widely used medicinal plants worldwide. Both flavonoids and anthocyanins are useful in preventing the common cold, bladder infections, allergic reactions, and avoiding digestive health issues. Elderberries also improve cognitive function, as well as contribute to neural well-being. One recent Norwegian study has even found that extracts from elderberries can also be used to help manage blood sugar levels, which is important for diabetics.

Nutrients in Elderberries

Packed full of nutrients, elderberries are a natural storehouse that supplies vitamins A, C, and B6. In addition to calcium, potassium, and iron, it also contains carotenoid flavonoids and polyphenolic anthocyanins, both of which act as anti-oxidants to cleanse the system as well as helping to protect our cells from oxidative damage.

Elderberry's Antioxidant Properties

Elderberries provide a high volume source of anthocyanins, both contained in their tiny purple berries and within the delicate, unnassuming yellowish-white flowers. The powerful antioxidant has been shown to significantly boost the strength of the immune system and help protect cells from the everyday wear and tear they suffer. These antioxidants don't only have internal benefits—extracted elderberry oil and ointments can be applied to the skin so that the same antioxidants may work their magic on the outside. Elderberry skin treatments have been known to clear the pores, reduce spots and blemishes, and also to improve the overall condition of the skin, resulting in a healthy glow.

Quick Recap of the Benefits of Elderberries

  • Boosts the immune system: There are many studies that have shown the potential of elderberries and elderflowers to boost the immune system as well as the way the flavonoids within the fruit help the body to create and maintain healthy cells
  • Provides healthy skin: The potent mixture of flavonoids, vitamins, and antioxidants are wonderful for skin health and are a must-use-product for anyone who wants to maintain glossy, perfect skin. Elderberries are also critical in the fight against the appearance of wrinkles, as they can help keep the skin looking younger for longer.
  • Regulates fluid balance: Elderberries also act as a diuretic, increasing the frequency of urination. As a result, they flush out a large portion of the toxins that have built up in your system.
  • They are antioxidant superheroes: Elderberries are full of flavonoids and contain more of them than any other berry known to man. This means they pack more of an antioxidant punch than blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, and even acai and goji berries, making them the ultimate antioxidant.

If you still haven't tried elderberries, now is the time to add them to your diet. You'll want to reap the powerful benefits of these small, sweet berries.

Sources

  • "Sambucus L". Germplasm Resource Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2005-10-13.
  • "European elder". National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health. September 2016.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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