Elderberry for Flu? Does It Work?
Does using elderberry for flu helps to reducing the flu symptoms?
During the swine flu outbreak, Tamiflu (a prescription antiviral
medication for flu) was promoted to help prevent and reduce flu symptoms.
However, the World Health Organization (WHO) admitted that Tamiflu was
not as effective as previously thought, as reported by New York Times.
What is a person supposed to do? Go natural...
flowers from the black elder bush have been used to treat flu symptoms,
sinus problems and the common cold. But is this benefit based on fact
or just wishful thinking?
To verify this claim of benefit for treating flu symptoms, researchers studied elderberry extract. The specific
formulation they choose was Sambucol.
Read on to find out more about the health benefits of elderberry for
Health benefits of elderberry
Elderberry contains large amounts of
tannins, flavonoids, rutin and anthocyanidins. These substances
regulate the immune system to better fight off viruses and
anthocyanidins found in elderberry also possesses anti-inflammatory
benefits and this may explain its effectiveness in reducing swelling, aches,
pains and sinus congestion.
Moreover, elderberry is high in antioxidant capacity, a feature that can be very helpful
in protecting the body during times of stress. It has a very high
oxygen radical absorption capacity (ORAC) and it is twice as potent as
Several clinical studies were done to verify the claim that taking elderberry is effective for treating flu symptoms.
one study involving 60 volunteers suffering from the A strain of the
flu virus, the group taking the elderberry extract showed improvements
in 3 days and nearly 90% of them were completely cured within two or
three days. Also, they reported no side effects such as drowsiness, a
commons side effect of many non-prescription flu remedies.
As a comparison, the
group that took the placebo (sugar pills) needed about 6 days to
completely recover. Moreover, they took more pain killers to get
relief from the symptoms.
This result was similar to an study done earlier. This older study showed that 93% of flu patients taking elderberry extract
were symptom-free in less than 2 days.
What experts say...
Indeed experts such as
Dr. Greenfield MD, a specialist in integrative medicine, recommends
using black elderberry extract to treat flu symptoms in adults and
children. He said that "it can be given to children and adults, and
with no known side effects or negative interactions."
How to use elderberry for flu
Dose to Use
Liquid Extract: Take 15 mL (1 tablespoon) taken four times
Take within 48 hours of the start of symptoms for maximum effect.
Lozenges: Take 2 elderberry lozenges (containing 175 mg of the extract) daily for two days.
Note: Elderberry wine, jelly or jam do not work. Stick with formulations that uses the extract.
herbs for flu prevention and treatment?
In addition to using elderberry for flu treatment, there
are quite a few herbs and supplements that can be very helpful for flu
prevention and treatment.
Our article Natural Remedies for Flu
extensive details and recommended doses to use.
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for the flu.
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