Researchers have discovered proof that the pre-historic man used to harvest black Elderberry in Switzerland and Italy. Records have shown that Elderberry was used in Ancient Egypt for the preparation of medication.
Hippocrates, the "Father of Medicine" called the Elderberry plant his "medicine chest" because of the variety of health issues it seemed to cure.
Today, the Elderberry is probably most famously used for the treatment of colds and flu and there is a collection of research evidence to prove its effectiveness.
*Fights The Flu- While Elderberry may not prevent the flu, it may be an effective treatment option if you get hit with the virus. Research shows the use of Elderberry could shorten the duration of flu by about three to four days, along with lessening symptom severity if taken within the first 24 hours of having the flu.
*Reduces Cold Duration- Because of Elderberry's vitamin A and C content, it can reduce the duration and severity of a cold and even prevent a cold if taken before you are exposed to viruses or illness (as in taking a flight or going on a trip where there are a lot of people).
*Pain Reliever- Elderberry is also taken by mouth for sinus pain, back and leg pain (sciatica), nerve pain (neuralgia) and chronic fatigue syndrome.
*Natural Diuretic- Diuretics increase the amount of water and salt expelled from the body in the form of urine and are mostly used to treat high blood pressure. There has been some indication Elderberry offers diuretic properties, along with acting as a laxative in the treatment against constipation.
*Anti-aging- Elderberries have shown to support skin health improving the external appearance of skin tone.
*Anti-inflammatory- Elderberries are particularly rich in flavonoids, especially anthocyanins, which are responsible for their deep purple (almost black) coloring. These powerful antioxidants work to keep the immune system strong and resilient.