In 2006, a world-televised press conference was held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, where the results of exciting new research on the patented elderberry formula was presented and found to be at least 99% effective against the Avian Flu (H5N1) virus in cell cultures! A predicted world-wide bird flu pandemic was expected to eradicate huge swaths of populations, so this was wonderful news!!
- Elderberry flavonoids bind to and prevent H1N1 infection in vitro. (Source PubMed)
- Randomized study of the efficacy and safety of oral elderberry extract in the treatment of influenza A and B virus infections. (Source PubMed)
- Elderberry Supplementation Reduces Cold Duration and Symptoms in Air-Travellers: A Randomized, Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial. (Source PubMed)
Health Benefits of Elderberries:
Elderberries are used for their antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health, and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis.
Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell.
Elderberry juice was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1995.
Before the explosion of man-made drugs supplanting natural remedies, elderberries were listed in (one of my nursing school textbooks) Mosby’s Nursing Drug reference for colds, flu, yeast infections, nasal and chest congestion, and hay fever.
In Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel, their Oncology Lab determined that elderberry stimulates the body’s immune system, and they are treating cancer and AIDS patients with it. Elderberry could have an immunoprotective or immunostimulatory effect when administered to cancer or AIDS patients, in conjunction with chemotherapeutic or other treatments. (source)
See many additional PubMed studies in this post: No Flu Shots 4 Us: We Use Elderberry Syrup (99% effective for H5N1)
Elderberry is so powerful when used against viral colds and a broad range of flu strains, I am sharing both the elderberry syrup and tincture recipes here:
Here’s My Fall/Winter Giveaway
The organic dried elderberries will be coming from the Bulk Herb Garden. You can find Heather here on her FB page.
“All that man needs for health and healing has been provided by God in nature; the challenge of science is to find it.” ~Paracelsus (1493-1541)