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How much elderberry should you take?

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There is no standard dose of elderberry. For flu, some studies have used 1 tablespoon of an elderberry syrup extract four times a day. Another common form of elderberry is a lozenge, often with zinc, that is taken numerous times daily after a cold begins. Ask your health care provider for advice.

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L., ed. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, third edition, 2009.

Guo, R. American Journal of Medicine, November 2007; vol 120: pp 923-929.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: “Elderberry.”

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Elderberry.”

Zakay-Rones, Z. Journal of International Medical Research, 2004; vol 32: pp 132-140.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 16, 2019

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L., ed. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, third edition, 2009.

Guo, R. American Journal of Medicine, November 2007; vol 120: pp 923-929.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: “Elderberry.”

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Elderberry.”

Zakay-Rones, Z. Journal of International Medical Research, 2004; vol 32: pp 132-140.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 16, 2019

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