The Benefits of Elderberry Syrup

Photo by elfgradost/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by elfgradost/iStock / Getty Images

Well here we are, school is back in full swing and we almost made it through our first week without having to call in sick…but then the germs struck. That means it’s time to increase the water, vitamins and sleep at the Stoks’ house. One of our other favorite ways to combat cold and flu and those nasty germs is by boosting our immune systems with elderberry syrup.

I’ve been making elderberry syrup for about 5 years and I’m convinced it’s helped us get through some nasty winters with fewer sick days and faster recoveries when we do become ill. So what exactly is elderberry syrup?

What are elderberries?

People have used elderberry for hundreds of years for its health benefits. Elderberry is one of the most commonly used medicinal plants in the world. Elderberries are the fruit of a flowering plant known as Sambucus, more commonly referred to as elder or elderflower. You will find elderberries primarily in the Northern Hemisphere, particularly in Europe and North America.

The berries are black or very dark purple and have a sharp, sweet flavor that makes them highly preferred for desserts, syrups, jams, jellies, spreads and if you’re a super hipster, the base for various, trendy cocktails and beverages.

What is the nutritional value of elderberries?

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, Elderberries are packed with nutrients including minerals like iron, potassium, phosphorus, and coppers, as well as vitamins, such as Vitamin A, B, and C, as well as proteins and dietary fiber. Elderberries also have some organic compounds that function as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents in the body.

Health Benefits of Elderberries:

As mentioned, it is believed that elderberries due to their rich antioxidant concentration can relieve colds, fight the flu and boost overall immunity. A few other health benefits are that it can aid in digestion, support heart health, improve respiratory health and support skin health.

*Note consumption of raw berries, leaves or stems of the plant is not recommended*