Updated: Jan 11, 2019
It has always been delicious and effective, but now...SCIENCE.
Elderberry Syrup Reduces Length of Colds and Flu
Very few herbal remedies have been tested for effectiveness. Not because they aren't effective, but because scientific studies always have a difficult time getting funding, and herbs don't carry a lot of cash...ba dum bump. In all seriousness, folk medicines are highly effective, but double blind studies are expensive and so it is rare that an herbal remedy is put through vigorous testing. However, with healthcare costs and antibiotic resistance rising, we may see more studies that prove what grandmothers and herbalist have always known.
Elderberry extract has been subject to a quite a few studies that indicate effectiveness especially in reducing the length and severity of cold and some strains of flu if administered within 48 hours of getting sick.
The Tiralongo study found similar results of reduced severity and duration, even prophylactic (preventative), in air travelers.
For prevention and treatment of colds and flu.
Adults: 15ml (1 Tablespoon) 4 x per day
Children: 7.5ml (1/2 Tablespoon) 4 x per day
As will all natural remedies, please do not use or give to children or adults without the advice of a qualified healthcare provider. This blog is intended for informational use only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or medical condition.
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Roschek, B., Fink, R. C., McMichael, M. D., Li, D., & Alberte, R. S. (2009). Elderberry flavonoids bind to and prevent H1N1 infection in vitro. Phytochemistry, 70(10), 1255-1261
Tiralongo, E., Wee, S. S., & Lea, R. A. (2016). Elderberry Supplementation Reduces Cold Duration and Symptoms in Air-Travellers: A Randomized, Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial. Nutrients, 8(4), 182. doi:10.3390/nu8040182
Zakay-Rones, Z., Thom, E., Wollan, T., Wadstein, J. (2004) Randomized Study of the Efficacy and Safety of Oral Elderberry Extract in the Treatment of Influenza A and B Virus Infections. Journal of Internal Medical Research, Mar-Apr;32(2):132-40
Zakay-Rones, Z., Varsano, N., Zlotnik, M., Manor, O., Regev, L., Schlesinger, M., & Mumcuoglu, M. (1995). Inhibition of several strains of influenza virus in vitro and reduction of symptoms by an elderberry extract (Sambucus nigra L.) during an outbreak of influenza B Panama. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 1(4), 361-369