Elderberries are the fruit of the flowering plant known as Sambucus, more commonly referred to as elder, or elderflower. The berries are black or very deep blue, and have a sharp sweet flavour that make them ideal for jellies, jams and syrups. Elderberries are packed with nutrients such as iron, potassium, phosphorus and copper, as well as vitamins A, B & C, and protein and fibre. They are literally a powerhouse of goodness!
So let’s cut to the chase here – why are they useful for winter wellness?
Because elderberries are useful for upper respiratory tract infections. This might include bronchitis, sinusitis, strep throat, viral chest infections, the common cold, flu or recovery from pneumonia. The syrup contains anthocyanins that soothe and settle down throat irritation. The syrup also acts as an mild expectorant for when you can’t clear that pesky mucus out of your chest. Therefore, elderberry provides good support for catarrh, tonsilitis and ear infections, where there is a sense of congested tubules.
When it comes down to the nitty-gritty though – be aware that the most scientific evidence actually exists for the flu. A 2001 study (a bit old, in my opinion, but still worthy) showed that Sambucol (the patented extract) increased the number of immune fighter cells (cytokines) leading to an activated and more intense immune system in participants with the flu. There is definitely a place for Sambucol in the treatment of winter ailments.
The Sambucol range here at the Pharmacy includes standardised liquid for adults and kids, an immune activator, throat lozenges, effervescent tablets and kids gummies. All of our staff are well-trained to help you make the purchase that is right for you and only you – we don’t make “one-size-fits-all” sales!