Berries and common cold

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What is Elderberry?

Dried elderberry or its juice has been used for ages to treat influenza, common cold, infections and pains. Elderberry supplements serve as a remedy to manage common cold. They are proven to reduce the duration and severity of common cold. Elderberry is a good source of Vitamin C and other antioxidants thus helping support long term immunity by combating the harmful free radicals generated due to factors like stress

Is it safe to consume Elderberry supplements?

Elderberry supplements are generally very safe, even kids can consume them. Do consult a doctor if you have underlying medical conditions.

What are the key benefits of Elderberry supplements?

Elderberry  helps manage effects of long term stress, help to support long term immunity and help to combat the symptoms of common cold.

Elderberry juice has been used since ages to treat common cold. Elderberry is a rich source of polyphenols and antioxidants including Vitamin C. These scavenge the harmful free radicals in the body and thus reduce the impact of long term stress on the body.

Do Elderberry supplements really work?

Elderberries supplements have a lot of scientific support behind their efficacy.

Elderberries are an excellent source of polyphenols with anthocyanins as the most representative compounds. Several in vitro and in vivo studies documented the beneficial effects of berries and their bioactive in the modulation of numerous cell functions related to oxidative stress and/or antioxidant protection. Thus berries help manage the impact of long term stress on the body. 

Black elderberry extract is proven to reduce the severity and duration of influenza/ common cold.

There are several studies to support this including one where sixty individuals suffering from influenza recovered an average of 4 days earlier than the control group.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15080016/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31398785/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28198157/