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Science-Based Health Benefits of Elderberry

Science-Based Health Benefits of Elderberry

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a tree that Native Americans traditionally used to to treat infections. The tree’s berries contain various bioactive flavonoids including rutin, quercetin and anthocyanins.

As a supplement, it is still most popularly used to increase immune system activity and to treat cold and flu symptoms.

Elderberry extract is included in Immune Support by Beyond Vita®. 

1. Helps Increase Immunity

Elderberry extract may have antiviral properties.1 In a 2002 study it was also shown to help activate the immune system.2

In another study, researchers found elderberry reduced the duration of flu symptoms and increased antibodies in participants. The researchers concluded that elderberry has immunoprotective or immunostimulatory effects.3

A 2016 double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial found that elderberry significantly reduced the duration and severity of the common cold in study participants.4

Another study found that elderberry can help prevent infections and has an immune stimulating effect.5

Multiple studies also support the antimicrobial and antiviral properties of elderberry.6,7,8

Elderberry may help stimulate the immune system and help reduce the effect of infections.

2. Powerful Antioxidant Activity

Antioxidants are powerful compounds that help reduce oxidative stress by fighting free radicals and reactive oxygen species. Too much oxidative stress can create inflammation.

Elderberry contains a group of flavonoids called anthocyanins which act as antioxidants and possess anti-inflammatory properties.9 Another study has shown elderberry increases blood antioxidant capacity after ingestion.10

Researchers in a 2017 study conclude that elderberry could help prevent diseases caused by oxidative stress due to its action as a natural antioxidant.11

Other studies also support the antioxidant effects of anthocyanins from elderberry.12,13,14

Elderberry contains a class of antioxidant compounds called anthocyanins which can help reduce inflammation by reducing oxidative stress.


Elderberry is an important berry that may help improve immune health in addition to it’s function as a potent antioxidant.*

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