Sambucus Black Elderberry

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Sambucus nigra Black Elderberry 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!

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 Elder Berries are commonly made into jams, jellies, chutneys and wine. As a medicinal, the fruit is often prepared as a syrup. For example, the “Duke of Monmouth’s Recipe” was made with Elder syrup and other herbs, and was used for sciatica. Native Americans used different parts of the plant for infections, coughs and skin conditions. Today Elder can be found listed as an “official medicine” in the Holland pharmacopeia, and was listed in the past in the pharmacopeias of both England and the United States.

The most common medicinal uses for Elder Berry are: * Cold / Flus * Sore Throats * Herpes breakouts * Swollen Glands Elder Berries contain vitamins A, B and C plus various flavonoids including quercetin. However, these substances alone cannot account for its remarkable effect of disarming the symptoms of a cold or flu. An Israeli scientist, Dr. Madeleine Mumcuouglu, Ph.D., performed research that uncovered the mechanism of activity of Elder Berry’s anti-cold and flu activity. The flu is triggered by a virus, which must invade living cells in order to reproduce and spread. The virus enters the cell by puncturing the cell’s outer membrane with tiny spikes known as hemagglutinin. Dr. Mumcuoglu discovered that the active ingre- dients in Elder Berry bind onto the hemagglutin, deactivating it and ultimately preventing the piercing of the cellular membranes.

Scientific investigations collaborate the effectiveness of Elder berry. One scientific study tracked a reduction of flu symptoms during an outbreak of influenza. (Zakay-Rones Z, Varsano N, Zlotnik M, et al. Inhibition of several strains of influenza virus in vitro and reduction of symptoms by an elderberry extract (Sambucas nigra L.) during an outbreak of influenza B Panama. J Alt Compl Med 1995; 1:361-9.) An added advantage to the use of Elder Berry is its record of safety. There are no known adverse reactions to the use of Elder Berry, although the possibility of an individual allergic reaction can never be discounted.

Nature’s Answer offers Elder Berry in an alcohol-free, tangy-tasting 4oz. liquid herbal extract form. This concentrated (1:1) maximum strength fluid extract contains 5,000mg of Elder Berry in each 1 teaspoonful dose. Natures Answer also supplies Elderberry in two encapsulated products, Sambucus & Ester-C, and Sambucus & Maitake Bio-Beta Glucan.

A great companion product is Nature’s Answer’s Elder Flower (organic alcohol). Flowers from the Elder tree contain tannins that have been shown to help dry up excess mucous, and can act as an expectorant.

One final note…when deciding on an Elder berry liquid, remember to check the kind of sweetener it contains. Many brands add sugar or sorbitol, while Nature’s Answer’s Elder berry contains only pure coconut glycerin.

Ester-C is a licensed trademark of InterCal Corporation and manufactured under U.S. patent #4,822,816 and other patent applications.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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