Our Elderberry Elixir is super concentrated and organic. We give it an extra boost, by adding Rosehip for a super dose of Vitamin C, then cinnamon & ginger~ these help to thin and break down mucus and aid in building the immune system. Next comes raw, organic honey for it's viral fighting capabilities and a little extra sweetness. This is an amazing Elderberry Elixir. We turn to it again and again during cold and flu season.
Elderberry fights many viruses, including common cold and flu. Recent studies show that Elderberry can fight 8 different strains of flu. That is more than any flu vaccine. If you are already in the midst of the flu Elderberry can reduce the length of your illness by more than half.. For 8 weeks we steep the herbs in organic grain alcohol and raw honey.
Elderberry is also wonderful for building up your immune system. Israel's Hasassah's Oncology Lab has determined that elderberry stimulates the body's immune system and they are treating cancer and AIDS patients with it. The wide range of medical benefits (from flu and colds to debilitating asthma, diabetes, and weight loss) is probably due to the way elderberry enhances an individual's immune system.
At the Bundesforschungsanstalt Research Center for food in Karlsruhe, Germany, scientists conducting studies on Elderberry showed that elderberry anthocyanins enhance immune function by boosting the production of cytokines. These unique proteins act as messengers in the immune system to help regulate immune response, thus helping to defend the body against disease. Further research indicated that anthocyanins found in elderberries possess appreciably more antioxidant capacity than either vitamin E or vitamin C.
Studies at Austria's University of Graz found that elderberry extract reduces oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Oxidation of LDL cholesterol is implicated in atherogenesis, thus contributing to cardiovascular disease.