As we step into the chillier months, many individuals turn their attention toward bolstering their immune systems to stave off those pesky coughs, colds, and flu.
Elderberry, scientifically known as Sambucus nigra, is a shrub native to both the United States and Europe, known for bearing dark, bitter berries. It's these very berries that find their way into the formulations of Wild Nutrition's Immune Support and Child's Daily Multi Nutrient supplements.
But what sets elderberry apart and why do we incorporate it into our products?
1. Helps to combat flu
Probably the most talked about the benefit of elderberry is its ability to inhibit several strains of the flu virus. It can reduce the duration of flu symptoms by increasing the antibody level to combat influenza and help fight off the illness. This wonderful botanical also seems to reduce inflammation which could explain why it has a pronounced effect on reducing aches, pain and fever.
2. Supports your immune defences
As elderberry is extremely effective at strengthening the immune system it can combat illnesses such as colds. Elderberry increases certain immune cells, including macrophages, which act as scavengers in the body that help find nasty viruses and bacteria to be eliminated.
Elderberry contains antioxidants anthocyanins, bioflavonoids and polyphenols which protects against excessive oxidative stress. Antioxidants can help to slow the ageing process and prevent disease.
Studies have highlighted the anthocyanins ability to protect our veins and arteries against oxidative stress. As damage to veins and arteries are a precursor to heart disease, this could be a beneficial botanical for cardiovascular issues.