Effects of Elderberry

Written By Michaela Clegg, Reviewed by Yvette Waters, MS, RDN, CISSN

You may have heard of a natural remedy for the cold and flu called Elderberry. This supplement has been getting a lot of attention lately as a supposed immune booster as well as an aid in preventing sickness during cold season. But does Elderberry truly work as people claim it does?

Let’s dig deeper

Elderberry is a fruit that grows in small clusters and is a deep purple color. It is packed with antioxidants and many vitamins, which is partly why it is so popular and desired as a health supplement. Interestingly, it is claimed to aid in inflammation and depression as well. Research found that taking an elderberry supplement consistently led to a shorter period of having a cold as well as decreased cold symptoms. This can be helpful during months where sickness is more common, or during times where the immune system might need an extra boost such as airplane travel.

Elderberry supplements range in form including syrups, gummies, and teas. Most of the research tests and supports syrups; however the same compounds are found in the different forms. If you are worried about getting sick this season or just want to aid in supporting your health with additional antioxidants, evidence shows that elderberry supplements are definitely worth a shot!


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