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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.

From: Elderberry WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

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

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

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: “Elderberry.”

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Elderberry.”

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

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 16, 2019

SOURCES:

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

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

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: “Elderberry.”

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Elderberry.”

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

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 16, 2019

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