Sambucus nigra is the genus and species name of the plant that is commonly known as Black Elderberry. There are several different species of Elderberry that grow throughout Europe and North America. It can be a tall tree or smaller bush, earning it the nickname “Dwarf Elder”. The berries that appear as the ripe fruits can range in color from red to black. The blue/black berries contain a range of components that can be used for health supportive purposes. This plant has a long history of use as both a food and herbal health support in many countries.
According to English Folklore, for example, it was a common belief that Elderberry was a favorite tree of witches who enjoyed residing among its branches. To disturb such a tree was thought to incur a witch’s wrath. To this day, many British still refuse to cut an Elder Tree down or burn its branches.
In Denmark, the tree was said to house Hylde-Moer, “The Elder Tree Mother”, who would haunt anyone found harming the tree. In addition, many believed that an Elder Tree was a symbol of “good luck” if found growing on one’s property.
As a food source the dark blue-black berries are commonly made into jams, jellies, chutneys and wine. As a remedy, the fruit is often prepared as a syrup. For example, an old fashioned remedy to support comfort was called “Duke of Monmouth’s Recipe”. It was made with a combination that included fennel roots, distilled in white wine, along with Elderberry syrup.
Native Americans used different parts of the plant to help ward off any imbalance that could be caused by unfriendly microbes. Today Elder can be found listed in the Official pharmacopeia in Holland, and was listed in the past in the pharmacopeias of both England and the United States.
Sambucus Elderberry extract is a popular natural herbal supplement that is used to support a healthy immune response. Elderberry naturally contains an array of nutritive compounds, such as vitamins A, B and C, plus various flavonoids including quercetin. An Israeli scientist, Dr. Madeleine Mumcuouglu, Ph.D., performed research that uncovered the mechanism of activity of Elderberry’s specific action to disarm unfriendly micro-organisms by interfering with their ability to reproduce and duplicate. Elderberry accomplishes this action by decreasing the unfriendly microbe’s action it uses to enter the cells, by puncturing the cell’s outer membrane with tiny spikes known as hemagglutinin. Dr. Mumcuoglu discovered that an active constituent in Elderberry can bind onto the hemagglutin, deactivating it and ultimately preventing the piercing of the cellular membranes. This interferes with the unfriendly microbe’s reproductive capacity.
An added advantage to the use of Sambucus Black Elderberry is its record of safety, although the possibility of an individual allergic reaction can never be discounted.
Most people enjoy its sweet , tangy berry flavor, adults and children alike!
Nature’s Answer was the first herb company to offer thick , dark, concentrated Elderberry Extract, for over 50 years since 1972 and now offers a Wide Variety of Sambucus Black Elderberry Choices.
Each product starts with Nature’s Answer Concentrated Pure Deep Blue-Black Natural Elderberry Extract.
Sambucus Original: Made from the juice of Fresh Black Elderberries, nonGMO, Alcohol Free, Gluten Free, No Benzoates, No Artificial Preservatives, Vegan, Kosher Certified, Glass Bottle to Ensure Freshness, Tested & Verified, Holistically Balanced
Sambucus Immune: Made from a special cultivar of Fresh Black Elderberries. Infused with Echinacea, Astragalus, Vitamin C, and Zinc for added Immune Support.*, Earth Friendly Glass Bottle to protect the environment & ensure product freshness, Alcohol Free, Gluten Free, No Benzoates , Kosher, Vegan, Vegetarian, Tested & Verified, Holistically Balanced®
Sambucus and Probiotic V Duo Caps: Super Concentrated Pure Black Elderberry Extract and Immune Specific Probiotic Cultures in an Innovative 2-in-1 DuoCap®, NonGMO, Vegan, Gluten Free, Cruelty Free, Holistically Balanced, Tested & Verified, Holistically Balanced®
Sambucus Chewables Kids: Made from a special cultivar of Fresh Black Elderberries. Infused with Echinacea, Vitamin C, and Zinc for added Immune Support,*along with a Delicious Fruit Blend and inulin, in an easy to chew tablet that kids ( and adults) love!
Sambucus Mega Gummies 7X: Made from a special cultivar of Fresh Black Elderberries , concentrated deep tangy sweet chewy gummies, in Individually Wrapped packages, Gluten Free, Non GMO Project Verified, Alcohol Free, Vegan, Gelatin Free, No Artificial Preservatives, Tested & Verified, Holistically Balanced®
Sambucus Daily Gummies 2X: Made from a special cultivar of Fresh Black Elderberries , concentrated deep tangy sweet Elderberry Gummies in a stay fresh jar, Gluten Free, Non GMO Project Verified, Alcohol Free, Vegan, Gelatin Free, No Artificial Preservatives, Tested & Verified, Holistically Balanced®