Elderberries are a bit of a hidden gem when it comes to treating health ailments naturally and effectively. As far back as 400BC, Hipocrates, ‘the Father of Medicine’ called the elderberry tree ‘his medicine chest’.
In natural medicine, the elderberry is considered to be one of the world’s most healing plants. Yet despite this, many of the berry’s true health benefits are not widely known.
Here are some of the evidence backed health benefits of elderberries
1. Treats Acne
With high levels of flavonoids, a naturally occurring strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, elderberries help to protect healthy cells from free radicals that play a key role in many skin problems.
Some studies suggest that adding elderberry to your face wash can help fight acne because of its antiseptic effects.
Also, elderberry has a detoxifying effect to help prevent future breakouts.
2. Reduces Wrinkles
Elderberries contain a super high level of Vitamin A. The American Nutrition Association states that elderberries may soothe skin, reduce the appearance of age spots, and smooth out wrinkles and fine lines associated with age.
3. Cold and Flu Killer
Jam packed with Vitamin C, elderberries have been shown to reduce fever, inflammation and reduce the symptoms and duration of colds and flu. Elderberries are also ‘anti-catarrhal’ meaning they help to relieve a stuffy nose and head congestion naturally.
4. Improves Digestive Health
Elderberries are an excellent source of fiber. One cup of elderberries contains around 10.2g of fiber. This is approximately a third of your daily allowance.
For this reason, elderberries help to relieve constipation, reduce excessive gas and increase your overall digestive health. Fibre is also needed for weight management, blood sugar regulation and has been linked to increased life longevity.
5. Boosts The Immune System
Elderberries are extremely potent in anthocyanins. This is what gives them their deep purplish colouring. Anthocynanins are extremely powerful antioxidants that work to boost the immune system.
Elderberries also contain anti-viral agents which are thought to be strong enough to kill off viruses and pathogens that enter the immune system, keeping in strong and resilient.
6. Fights Inflammation
The flavonoids in elderberries have been proven to help fight inflammation and oxidative stress in the body. This helps your skin and body maintain optimal health.
7. Aids in Relieving Urinary Tract/Bladder Infections
Who says cranberries are the best option to treat urinary tract/bladder infections? Elderberries can provide great relief for those suffering with such conditions. Acting as a natural diuretic, elderberries increase urination and help to flush out toxins from your system.
This can prevent the infection from spreading further to the kidneys and reduce the bacteria that causes cystitis.