Elderberries have been used for centuries for colds and flu, but recently the science has caught up with the anecdotes.
Most recently a 2019 study from Sydney University showed that the black elderberry, or Sambucus Nigra, exhibited multiple modes of therapeutic actions against the flu virus.
"What our study has shown is that the common elderberry has a potent direct antiviral effect against the flu virus," said Dr Golnoosh Torabian. "It inhibits the early stages of an infection by blocking key viral proteins responsible for both the viral attachment and entry into the host cells."
The humble elderberry from our hedgerows has been prized for its potent ability to help with coughs, colds and flu symptoms. Not just in a protective manner, but also in an active measure to promote recovery as well.
The dark purple colour of the elders, called anthocyanidins, are the active compounds that have been found to have these unique protective properties that work as an anti-viral and anti-inflammatory to help our systems combat influenza.
Rich in anthocyanins and resveratrol, these phytochemicals that protect the plants from bugs and pesticide and sun, are what protect us too. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory the recent studies have show the unique compounds in elderberries are antiviral and antimicrobial, when tested against the flu, they showed a prevention in cells replicating each other, and reported a faster recovery rate as well.
Many remedies over the years and across the globe, have been created using this berry and have been really effective.