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Elderberry Syrup is obtained from the berries of the black elderberry. As an antiviral, it may help with respiratory infections.

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Possible Benefits

  • May kill some viruses
  • May improve the immune system 
  • May have anti-aging effects 
  • May prevent cell damage
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Required Equipment

Elderberry Syrup

Raw berries to prepare at home

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How to Do It

You can drink the syrup directly, or mix it into an infusion and drink it hot.

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Why it works

  • It helps the immune system by increasing the production of inflammatory cytokines, which may help the cells work more effectively in fighting infection.
  • Its high content of flavonoids causes it to have anti-aging effects and protect cells from the damage they may receive.
  • This plant contains chemicals called anthocyanins, which have been shown to have an antiviral effect and strengthen the immune system.
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Time Commitment

2-5 minutes

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Suggested Frequency

3-4 times per week 

2-3 times per day to lessen the symptoms of the flu

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Possible Side Effects

It can cause allergic reactions in some cases.

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  • In a recent review [1], elderberry syrup was shown to be very effective in treating upper respiratory symptoms. It even proved to be safer than some traditional antibiotics.
  • The berries cannot be eaten if they have not ripened, because they can be toxic.
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Supporting Studies and Articles

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  1. Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) supplementation effectively treats upper respiratory symptoms: A meta-analysis of randomized, controlled clinical trials. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30670267
  2. Anti-influenza virus effects of elderberry juice and its fractions. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22972323
  3. Elderberry and Elderflower Extracts, Phenolic Compounds, and Metabolites and Their Effect on Complement, RAW 264.7 Macrophages and Dendritic Cells. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5372600/
  4. Effects of Elderberry Juice from Different Genotypes on Oxidative and Inflammatory Responses in Microglial Cells. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4859762/
  5. Elderberry Compounds Directly Inhibit Flu Virus Entry and Replication in Human Cells. https://nutritionreview.org/2019/04/elderberry-compounds-directly-inhibit-flu-virus-entry-and-replication-in-human-cells/
  6. Health benefits of elderberry. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323288
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