One of nature’s immune boosters, this syrup is great for soothing sore throats and fighting off colds and flus. May Improve Cold and Flu Symptoms.
- High in vitamin C: There are 6–35 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams of fruit, which accounts for up to 60% of the recommended daily intake.
- High in dietary fiber: Elderberries contain 7 grams of fiber per 100 grams of fresh berries, which is over one-quarter of the recommended daily intake.
- A good source of phenolic acids: These compounds are powerful antioxidants that can help reduce damage from oxidative stress in the body.
- A good source of flavonols: Elderberry contains the antioxidant flavonols quercetin, kaempferol and isorhamnetin. The flowers contain up to 10 times more flavonols than the berries.
- Rich in anthocyanins: These compounds give the fruit its characteristic dark black-purple color and are a strong antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effects.
- Helps fight cancer: Both European and American elder have been found to have some cancer-inhibiting properties in test-tube studies.
- Fights harmful bacteria: Elderberry has been found to inhibit the growth of bacteria like Helicobacter pylori and may improve symptoms of sinusitis and bronchitis.
- May support the immune system: In rats, elderberry polyphenols were found to support immune defense by increasing the number of white blood cells.
- Could protect against UV radiation: A skin product containing elderberry extract was found to have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 9.88.
- May increase urination: Elderberry flowers were found to increase the frequency of urination and amount of salt excretion in rats.
- May have some antidepressant properties: One study found mice fed 544 mg of elderberry extract per pound (1,200 mg per kg) had improved performance and mood markers.