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What are risks of taking elderberry?

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Never eat or drink any product made from raw elderberry fruit, flowers, or leaves. They have a chemical that produces cyanide. They can cause nausea and vomiting and, at high doses, more serious effects. People who have an allergy to elder pollen might react to elderberry supplements. If you have diabetes, multiple sclerosis, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis, talk to your doctor before taking elderberry.

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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