Elderberry and Immune Health

Did you know that elderberry has been used in folk medicine for centuries to treat influenza, colds and sinusitis. It has also been reported to have antiviral activity against influenza and herpes simplex. A study published back in 2004 (J Int Med Res. 2004 Mar-Apr;32(2):132-40) demonstrated its efficacy and safety when used to treat influenza A and B infections. The study involved 60 patients (aged 18-54 years) suffering from influenza-like symptoms for 48 h or less. They were enrolled in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study during the influenza season of 1999-2000 in Norway. Patients received elderberry or placebo four times a day for 5 days, and recorded their symptoms using a visual analogue scale. Symptoms were relieved on average 4 days earlier than the placebo group. Elderberry extract seems to offer an efficient, safe and cost-effective treatment for influenza. However, as in all good studies, these findings need to be confirmed in a larger study.

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