HEALTH BENEFITS OF ELDERBERRY:
Elderberry is a fruit-bearing shrub that is native to North America and Europe. It is medically known as Sambucus nigra .Most parts of this shrub including bark, leaves, flowers and berries have a long history of being used in traditional medicine.
Elderberry shrub grows to about 10 feet tall. In the early summer, it shows white and yellow blossoms which are followed by black or deep blue berries that normally ripen in September.
Research has been carried out in the last twenty years for the medicinal benefits of elderberry. Elderberry has been thought to have immune boosting and possible weight loss qualities.
Health benefits of elderberry:Boosts the immune system
Elderberry has proteins, micronutrients, vitamin A, vitamin B and substantial amounts of amino-acids as well as vitamin C. These vitamins and nutrients will boost your immune system and thus help you stay healthy and prevent diseases.
Since these nutrients are found in large quantities in the elderberry, medical researchers are studying the possibility of it being used as an alternative treatment of the HIV virus and cancer.
Can help in weight loss
According to an observational study, elderberry can help you lose weight by acting as a laxative. Individuals who took elderberry juice during the study not only lost some weight, but their physical and emotional state, and blood pressure improved.
However, these findings still need some more research to be confirmed.
Elderberry is rich in natural compounds known as flavonoids which have antioxidant qualities. It also contains carotenoids and polyphenols. These compounds protect body cells from damage that is caused by free radicals .
The antioxidant action also delays the process of aging of the skin.
Elderberry has high contents of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E as well as high concentrations of anthocyanin which improve vision by protecting you against macular degeneration caused by aging.
Lowers cholesterol levels
High levels of cholesterol contribute to the formation of plaques. Plaques cause the thickening of the arterial walls due to fat deposits, a condition known as atherosclerosis. This condition increases the risk of you suffering from coronary artery disease, stroke and even heart attacks.
Elderberry lowers cholesterol levels in blood and hence improves the functioning of the cardiovascular system.Helps fight respiratory diseases
Elderberry contains bioflavonoids which attack the viruses that cause cold and flu. They also prevent these viruses from attacking your cells.
Bioflavonoids also have antibacterial properties which makes elderberry effective during treatment of bronchitis, sinusitis, asthma and tonsillitis.
The fruits and flowers of the shrub have viburnic acid and tannin which can help to diminish the swelling of the mucous membrane and thus provide relief from nasal congestion and improve breathing.Other health benefits
Elderberry is used as a topical application in the treatment of wounds. It helps to lower the sugar levels of blood in diabetes and cures yeast infections. It has diuretic properties that help to get rid of the excess water in your body. Elderberry also has anti- inflammatory properties.