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How Elderberry Helps Improve Immune Health

How Elderberry Helps Improve Immune Health

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.

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

Conclusion

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

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