Elderberries are a medicinal plant widely used to treat colds and flu. This herb has flavonoids, tannins, glycosides, essential oils, vitamin C and muscic acids. As it contains these compounds, elderberries have a lot of properties like expectorant, stimulating circulation, stimulating sweat production, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, diuretic and laxative.
The immune system is made up of cells, tissues and organs that act in the organism’s defense against the harmful effects of external microorganisms. The supplements indicated for immunity act as strengthening agents of this system, increasing the antibodies production and, consequently, its defense activity.
Elderberries are packed with vitamin C, dietary fiber and antioxidants in the form phenolic acids, flavonols and anthocyanins, therefore its extract seems to reduce the severity and length of common colds and influenza.
Elderberry bark, fruit and seeds contain small amounts of substances known as lectins, which can cause stomach problems.