Not Just for Your Seasonal Arsenal…These European Black Berries Can Support Year-Round Immune Health
How Elderberry Can Support Your Health Not Just During the Winter Months but Year-Round
Most people associate elderberry with seasonal health issues, and they’re absolutely correct in doing so.
A study of patients experiencing symptoms, like sniffling, coughing and acute headache for 48 hours or less, received a dose of elderberry multiple times a day for five days. Compared to the control group, their symptoms were relieved on average four days earlier.
However, research suggests these purple-black berries may be valuable for far more. Here are some of elderberry’s other potential benefits:
- Supports a healthy immune system
- Promotes a normal healthy stress response
- Supports performance, enabling longer, harder workouts
- Supports cardiovascular health
- Promotes healthy cellular aging
- Supports an already healthy inflammatory response
Researchers believe elderberry supports levels of cytokines – or proteins that act as messengers in your immune system that promote a sufficient and timely response.
As much of your immune system is located in your gut, elderberry may support immune function by nourishing your gut’s microbiome.
How Elderberry Helps Protect Your Mitochondrial and Cardiovascular Health
The anthocyanins in elderberry (especially cyanide-3-glucoside) are well known for their ability to eliminate reactive oxygen species (ROS) that can damage your cells’ mitochondria.
By incorporating themselves into the outer membranes of your cells, these antioxidants protect your cells against the damaging effects of oxidative stress.
Anthocyanins also have a profound effect on your cardiovascular health. The endothelial cells that line your vascular system play a crucial role in blood flow regulation and overall vascular tone.
By promoting healthy normal blood flow to your organs and skin, anthocyanins support healthy organ function and help prevent premature cellular aging.
Researchers also believe the anthocyanins in elderberry may support healthy HDL and LDL cholesterol levels already in the normal range.