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The amazing benefits of elderberry juice

In case anyone is wondering if elderberry is effective here are some quotes from research. Even the WebMD reluctantly admits it is good for viruses. Please don't think you are without natural remedies here in Dallas. If you don't want to read all the research and quotes, the summary is that elderberry is effective for tons of different viruses and even a compoud is isolated called "ANTIVIRIN" that is produced by elderberries. Oh, and it is good for air allergies, super antioxidant, shows promise to reduce cancer, anti-inflammatory, clears sinus problems, and lowers blood sugar according to research. And I have a lot of bottles of elderberry concentrate with no added ingredients here at the office. Dr. Cone

"Elderberry might affect the immune system. Elderberry seems to have activity against viruses including the flu, and might reduce inflammation." --WebMD

"Anti-Viral Compounds in Elderberry The active compound in elderberry that makes it a potent anti-viral is called none other than antivirin. This compound is found in proteins of the black elderberry, and contain strong anti-viral properties that are strong enough to stop the flu virus in its tracks (3).

In fact, when used within the first 48 hours of onset of flu symptoms, elderberry extract has been found to reduce the duration of the flu and relieve symptoms on an average of four days earlier (4). During the 1995 Panama flu epidemic, the government even utilized elderberry to fight the flu.

It has even been found to help protect against viruses like the coronavirus. According to one study, "Elderberry extracts demonstrate an inhibitory effect on infectious bronchitis virus (IBV), a pathogenic chicken coronavirus, at an early stage of the virus infection." (5).

Elderberry has a very long history of medicinal use. It was even deemed by Hippocrates, the "father of medicine," as his "medicine chest," because of how well it cured a variety of health conditions. There's even elderberry-based medications dating back to Ancient Egypt - crazy, huh? This anti-viral super fruit contains powerful antioxidants that are found in numbers higher than blueberries, cranberries, goji berries and blackberries (2). It's no wonder, then, why so many people have been flocking toward this fruit to help prevent the seasonal flu and other viral-related illnesses.

It has even been found to help protect against viruses like the coronavirus. According to one study, "Elderberry extracts demonstrate an inhibitory effect on infectious bronchitis virus (IBV), a pathogenic chicken coronavirus, at an early stage of the virus infection." (5).

2. Elderberry For Cold and Flu As mentioned above, elderberry is a potent anti-viral that is strong enough to prevent or eliminate the flu virus.

Studies that have examined the effects of black elderberry utilized the trademarked Sambucol syrup. In one double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study, Sambucol reduced the duration of flu symptoms to 3-4 days (6).

Elderberries contain compounds called anthocyanidins, which are known to have immunostimulant effects. A 2016 study published in Nutrients showed that supplementing with elderberry helps reduce the duration and symptoms of a cold in air travellers (7). Traveler's who used elderberry from 10 days before travel until four to five days after arriving overseas experienced reduced cold symptoms, and an on average two-day shorter duration of their colds.

Black elderberry has even been proven to be effective against the Avian flu, specifically the Panama B strain. In one study, those treated with standardized elderberry extract, Sambucol (SAM), experienced significant improvements of their influenza B symptoms - over 93.3% of them. A complete cure was achieved within 2 to 3 days in nearly 90% of the SAM-treated group and within at least 6 days in the placebo group (8).

In another 2009 study, researchers randomized patients into two groups: One group was given four doses of 175-milligram proprietary elderberry extract daily, and the other group received a placebo daily for two days. The extract-treated group showed significant improvement in almost all flu symptoms, while the placebo group showed no improvement. The researchers concluded that the extract was effective in controlling influenza symptoms (9).

A more recent study published in 2019 found that unique phytochemicals present in elderberries immediately immobilize the flu virus. They do so by blocking the virus from entering, or even attaching to, our healthy cells, when taken preventatively during flu season.

The phytochemicals in elderberry were found to prevent the virus from replicating, even if the flu has already taken hold. Symptoms were found to be eliminated within 48 hours.

The researchers turned commercially farmed elderberries into a juice serum and applied it to cells before, during and after they had been infected with the influenza virus.

The phytochemicals from the elderberry juice stopped the virus from infecting healthy cells, but they were even more effective at inhibiting the virus at later stages of the influenza cycle when the cells had already been infected with the virus.

"This observation was quite surprising and rather significant because blocking the viral cycle at several stages has a higher chance of inhibiting the viral infection," explained Dr Peter Valtchev.

"In addition to that, we identified that the elderberry solution also stimulated the cells to release certain cytokines, which are chemical messengers that the immune system uses for communication between different cell types to coordinate a more efficient response against the invading pathogen," Centre Director, Professor Fariba Deghani, told ScienceDaily. "

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