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Elderberry: Efficient Treatment for Influenza

Posted Jan 10 2013 1:00pm

Elderberries If you are looking for an efficient, safe and cost-effective treatment to battle cold and flu, elderberry supplements can be an excellent choice this winter. Studies have shown that elderberry extract has been efficiently used to prevent and treat influenza A and B virus infections.

Elderberry has been used in folk medicine for centuries to treat influenza, colds and sinusitis, and it has been reported to have antiviral activity against influenza and herpes simplex. Many elderberry supplements have been top selling items in health food stores, particularly oral black elderberry syrup, highly rated for its efficacy and safety.

Sambucol , a formulation of black elderberry syrup, has the ability to help people get through cold and flu. Many users have reported that elderberry was able to minimize flu severity and shorten illness when taken as soon as flu symptoms appeared. Elderberry contains antioxidants called flavonoids which can stimulate the immune system, as well as a compound called anthocyanins which contain an anti-inflammatory effect. A study published in the Journal of International Medical Research shows that the majority of flu patients given Sambucol were completely symptom-free after just two days of taking the supplement. Moreover, elderberry syrup products can be given to children with no side effects or negative interactions.

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