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Benefits of Elderberry

Benefits of Elderberry

Harvest Health Foods

Elderberry has a lot going for it--and for you--during cold and flu season. Its dense antioxidant levels may keep you from getting sick. If you do succumb, it can help relieve symptoms.

One recent study showed that patients with flu symptoms who took elderberry lozenges for two days showed statistically significant decreases in fever, headache, and nasal congestion than those taking placebo.

Clinical trials of patients with the flu suggest taking the herb at the first sign of illness and to continue doing so for three to five days. People given elderberry syrup in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that their flu symptoms ended an average of four days sooner than those given a placebo syrup.  Taste For Life - Article 

Elderberries are high in vitamin C and Vitamin A and quercitin an anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory, along with anti-viral properties.

You'll find a wide selection of Elderberry Syrup from high-quality brands on our shelves.  Check them out here!

You can also make your own syrup! 

Try this Recipe for Elderberry Syrup. 

You will need:

2/3 cup dried Harvest Health Foods bulk elderberries
3 1/2 cups of water
2 Tbsp fresh or dried ginger root or freshly grated ginger -  ( 1 TBS fresh grated to approximately 1/8-1/4 teaspoon dried ginger) 
1 tsp cinnamon powder or 2-3 cinnamon sticks to steep with the elderberries
1/2 tsp whole cloves 
1 cup raw Harvest Health Foods Raw honey 

Directions:  Place all ingredients except honey into a saucepan. Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.

Let cool to handle then pour solids into a strainer over a glass bow.  Let drain, pressing syrup out of the solids. When the strained syrup is no longer hot, stir in honey and mix well. Pour the syrup into a sterilized glass jar.
Store syrup in the fridge.

Dose: 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp for kids and 1/2 Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults
If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear