What is an Elderberry?
Elderberries are small, dark berries that grow in clusters on elder trees (also called elderberry bushes), and are very common throughout Europe and North America. They have a long history of human use, from food, to wine, and even for medicine. They are a fast-growing plant which can grow up to 13 feet tall. The leaves are compound and feather-like, the bark smooth and gray with little bumps. The branches are pliable when young, brittle when older, and have a white pith inside which is sometimes hollow like a tube. In late spring or early summer, tightly clustered bunches of tiny white lacy flowers form in large umbrella shaped clusters.
How does the Elderberry boost the immune system?
- Elderberry regulates cytokines in our immune system. Cytokines are small chemicals in our body that allow our immune system to work correctly. The elderberry initiates a significant increase in the inflammatory cytokines!
- Elderberry is a source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help prevent free radicals from damaging human cells. Also, containing flavonoids which help fend off pathogens and allergens.
- Displays antivirus activity. Studies suggest black elderberry can block infection by directly stopping the viral duplication. It has been suggested it renders the virus non-functional!
What makes our syrup so good for you?
- Ginger: Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory properties.
- Turmeric: Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant (same family as ginger).
- Clove: Contains Fiber, Vitamins, and minerals. Also, High in Antioxidants.
- Cinnamon: Heart Health benefits and (you may have guessed it) Anti-inflammatory and high in Antioxidants.
- Honey: We all know how good honey is for us.
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