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Why do people take elderberries?

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Elderberries contain natural substances called flavonoids. They seem to help reduce swelling, fight inflammation, and boost the immune system.

Studies have found that elderberry eases flu symptoms like fever, headache, sore throat, fatigue, cough, and body aches. The benefits seem to be greatest when started within 24 to 48 hours after the symptoms begin. One study found that elderberry could cut the duration of flu symptoms by more than 50%.

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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