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Elderberry is, basically, a kind of shrub and its fruit is called as elderberry. Elderberries are rich source of flavonoids and antioxidants, which are effective treatments for cold ‘n’ flu, swelling and boosting of the immune system. It has also shown its action against swine flu and bacterial infections of sinus and bronchitis.

Benefits of taking Elderberry

  • It is quite effective in treating headaches, cough, flu symptoms, sore throat, etc
  • It can also help in lowering high cholesterol levels and maintaining it
  • It has good effect upon sinus infections and body aches
  • It also heals wounds, like skin swelling, redness, itchiness, etc

Natural Sources of Elderberry
Elderberry is naturally derived from berries especially certain elder trees. It should not be consumed in its raw form because it can prove to be dangerous for health. It is added to jams and jellies, also added in wines and food for imparting flavour.

When should you take Elderberry?
Elderberry if taken as a supplement, then it should be done upon the advice of doctor. It is quite beneficial in treating flu, cough, body aches, headaches and several throat infections as well. It is a one on all treatment for cough ‘n’ cold.

When should you avoid Elderberry?
You should avoid any food or drink which is made from raw elderberries because it is hazardous for health. Young kids are not advised to consume it. Even conceiving mothers and lactating women are strictly recommended not to take elderberry in that period. They have potential interfering activity with several chemotherapeutic agents. They can cause allergies if not taken in proper amount or lead to nausea and suffocation.

Quantity to be taken
Quantity of elderberry consumption varies from different reasons so as the dosage pattern. After continuing for a brief period, it should then be stopped and asked for doctor’s advice.
Though, there is no such standard dose, yet the experiments and studies recommend to take 1 tablespoon of an elderberry syrup for at least 4 times a day if suffering from flu or multiple times in case of severe infection.

Expert Tips/Precautions:

  • Elderberry should not be consumed in its raw form
  • People suffering from diabetes, kidney diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, and cholesterolshould not supplement it without doctor’s advice
  • Lactating mothers and pregnant women are strictly advised not to consume it
  • It can react with several immunosuppressive agents, drugs and laxatives
  • People who are allergic to pollen or other environmental factors should not eat elderberries.