Elderberry stimulates the body's ability to resist viral infections such as colds and influenza. It disarms the enzyme that influenza viruses use to penetrate healthy cells. So far, its antiviral effects have been demonstrated against eight strains of flu virus, AIDS, herpes and Epstein-Barr.According to laboratory research, an extract from elderberry leaves, combined with St. John�s wort and soapwort, inhibits the herpes simplex virus.17
17. Serkedjieva J, Manolova N, Zgorniak-Nowosielska I, et al. Antiviral activity of the infusion (SHS-174) from flowers of Sambucus nigra L., aerial parts of Hypericum perforatum L., and roots of Saponaria officinalis L. against influenza and herpes simplex viruses. Phytother Res 1990;4:97�100
Active constituents: The flavonoids, including quercetin, are believed to account for the therapeutic effects of the elderberry flowers and berries. According to laboratory research, an extract from the leaves, combined with St. John�s wort and soapwort, inhibits the influenza virus and herpes simplex virus.2 A study in humans determined that an extract of elderberries is an effective treatment for influenza.3 Animal studies have shown the flowers to have anti-inflammatory properties.4
ELDERBERRY: In 1992, a team of Israeli scientists headed by Madeleine
Mumcuoglu (pronounced Mum-shoe-glue) set out to study the effect of elderberry
on flu patients. During a flu epidemic at an Israeli Kibbutz, half of the flu
patients were given an elderberry syrup, the other half a placebo. The
results: within 24 hours, 20% of the patients receiving elderberry had gotten
significantly better. Within two days, 75% of the elderberry group were much
improved; within 3 days 90% were completely cured. Among the placebo group, only
8% of patients improved within 24 hours and it was a full 6 days before 90% of
the patients were cured.
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