Have you ever heard about elderberry extract and its efficiency against influenza? It turns out that this herbal remedy is one of the most potent remedies for everything from the common cold to the deadliest strain of influenza and we should make sure we have it in our herbal arsenal.
Concentrated black elderberry extract, unlike the flu vaccine, is super effective for almost every strain of the influenza virus. There have been numerous studies on the subject and all have come to the same conclusion, black elderberry extract or Sambucol is the most potent ally against influenza.
PubMed writes that Sambucol products which are based on the black elderberry extract are potent natural remedies abundant in antiviral properties and can defeat numerous strains of the influenza virus. In vitro studies have shown that Sambucol is effective against 10 different strains of influenza while a double blind, randomized and placebo-controlled study revealed that the product can reduce the flu duration to no more than 3-4 days.
According to the International Journal of Medical Research, which published a different study, elderberry extract is a scientifically proven treatment for the flu. Folk medicine has relied on the elderberry extract for centuries for issues like the common cold, the flu, sinusitis and has even proven to be effective against the herpes simplex virus. The study involved 60 subjects ( 18-54 years of age) all suffering from flu symptoms for a maximum of 48 hours during the flu season 99-00. The study was a double blind, placebo controlled and the task at hand was to prove the efficiency of the oral application of elderberry syrup and its safety. The subjects were given 15ml of placebo syrup of elderberry syrup 4 times a day for a period of 5 days and their symptoms were recorded. The group that was taking the elderberry syrup recorded a shorter recovery time by 4 days compared to the control group and were using less flu-relieving drugs. The study was able to prove that elderberry extract is a safe and effective herbal remedy against the influenza virus.
An Ancient Remedy
Elderberry extract has been around since ancient times, there are references to its medicinal uses in ancient texts and even Hippocrates dubbed it his personal ‘medicine chest’ as a result of its plethora or benefits.
Why It Works?
Studies on the components in elderberry extract have revealed that antivirin is the active compound in the black elderberry proteins responsible for its effectiveness against the flu. This compound acts as a potent anti-viral agent that helps in the spreading of the influenza virus. One study revealed that antivirin increase the inflammatory cytokine production which stimulates the immune system and strengthens it.
This property of the black elderberry virus is especially important in regards to strains like the Avian flu which has a mortality rate of 60% in 600 reported cases so far. It’s still rarely transmissible but there’s a growing fear among experts that the virus may mutate and spiral off into a pandemic.
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