Preparing for Cold & Flu Season with Elderberry Syrup
Lyndsay McLeod, Respect Your Elderberries
August 26, 2019
Well y’all, we made it. Summertime is coming to an end and (hallelujah) the kiddos are making their way back to school. Parents rejoice as normalcy returns to schedules. Incessant snack requests have slowed down, giving our grocery bills a much needed break. But just when we
think the madness has ended, someone wakes up with a fever. It’s inevitable. Less time in the sun, resulting in less vitamin D, and closer quarters usually means equals more illnesses. Thankfully, there are things we can do to our family’s immune systems working at top performance.
Elderberry. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? Referred to as “nature’s medicine chest” by Hippocrates, the elderberry plant is one of the oldest and most effective natural remedies around. Here’s the good news. You don’t have to be a hippie or a philosopher to experience the benefits of the mighty elderberry. Recently, it has earned some mainstream attention for its effect on cold and flu viruses. One double blind, placebo controlled study conducted in Norway on 60 patients (aged 18-54 years) showed impressive results for the effectiveness of elderberry’s antiviral properties. “Patients received 15 ml of elderberry or placebo syrup four times a day for 5 days, and recorded their symptoms using a visual analogue scale. Symptoms were relieved on average 4 days earlier and use of rescue medication was significantly less in those receiving elderberry extract compared with placebo.”
“What our study has shown is that the common elderberry has a potent direct antiviral effect against the flu virus.”
-Dr. Golnoosh Torabian
A recent study conducted as part of the ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry showed that “compounds from elderberries can directly inhibit the virus’ entry and replication in human cells and can help strengthen a person’s immune response to the virus.”
As you can see, the recent attention elderberry has been getting is for good reason and we so are excited to see it catch on. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, elderberry can also be helpful in reducing the symptoms of season allergies and even arthritis.
For a local option, check out Respect Your Elderberries. Our syrup is made with the juice from the elderberries, as opposed to the dried berry. This allows all waterborne compounds to stay in tact that would typically be lost with dehydration. We also use raw and unfiltered Round Rock Honey, which we never exposed to heat, preserving the beneficial live enzymes. Find us every Saturday at the Round Rock Farmers Market from 10:00-2:00 and the Sunset Valley Farmers Market from 9:00-1:00. Keeping your family healthy has never been so easy or delicious.
For more information check out www.RespectYourElderberriesATX.com