VitaMedica’s Elderberry is an herbal ingredient that has traditional use as a tonic to boost the body’s natural defenses and to maintain health & well-being.†
Our formula is from the fruit of Sambucus nigra, a species native to Europe. Our 10:1 concentrate packs 10 parts fresh elderberry fruit into every 1 part of powder.
The berries and flowers of elderberry have been used for hundreds of years as a natural remedy to support upper respiratory tract comfort and immune function.†
Quercetin, a flavonoid found in the berry, is responsible for promoting the health of the upper respiratory system by supporting a healthy inflammatory response and maintaining the integrity of mucous membranes.†
The elderberry plant, which is packed with nutrients including vitamin C and antioxidant flavanols (anthocyanins), is recognized for its potent free-radical scavenging properties.†
Elderberry is part of our Immune Support product line. These supplements are designed to support healthy immune system function.† To learn more, visit the Immune Support Products page.
Nutrition & Ingredients
How to Use
Directions: As a dietary supplement, take one capsule two times a day. Each individual is unique and nutritional requirements may vary.
Storage: Store in a cool, dark place.
Caution: Do not take if safety seal on bottle is broken. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. For adults only. If you are diabetic, pregnant or breastfeeding, seek advice of your physician before using this product.
Elderberry might cause the immune system to become more active, and this could increase the symptoms of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. If you have one of these conditions, it’s best to avoid using elderberry.
Elderberry can increase the immune system. Taking elderberry along with some medications that decrease the immune system might decrease the effectiveness of medications that decrease the immune system such as prednisone and corticosteroids.
Not manufactured with wheat, milk, soy, egg, fish, shellfish, peanuts or tree nut ingredients. Produced in a GMP-certified facility that processes other ingredients containing these allergens.
1. What is Elderberry?
Elderberry refers to several different varieties of the Sambucus tree, which is a flowering plant that belongs to the Adoxaceae family. The most common type is Sambucus niagra or European elderberry, which is native to Europe but grown in many parts of the world.
2. What Part of the Elderberry Tree Is Used?
Various parts of the elderberry tree including the flowers, berries, leaves and bark have historically been used for medicinal and culinary purposes. The berries are used to make juice, jams and wine. The flowers can be boiled with sugar to make a sweet syrup or infused into tea. Preparations of elderberry come in various forms including liquids, capsules, lozenges and gummies.
3. What is Elderberry Used For?
Elderberry has a long history of use as both an herb and food in helping to support immune health. Elderberry extracts and flower infusions have been used to ease upper respiratory infections, including cold and flu symptoms.†
4. What is the Nutrition Value of the Elderberry?
The dark purple berries are packed with phytochemicals that have potent antioxidant activity and are associated with this plant’s health benefits. Elderberries are high in vitamin C and dietary fiber. The berries are also a good source of phytonutrients including phenolic acids, flavonols (quercetin) and anthocyanins which give the berries their distinctive, purple-bluish color.
5. What Evidence Exists for Elderberry’s Benefits
While Elderberry has a long history of use, only a few studies demonstrate that consuming the plant as an extract or supplement can reduce the length and severity of symptoms caused by upper respiratory infections. However, a 2019 review of studies published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine, demonstrated that supplementation with Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) effectively treated upper respiratory symptoms and offered a potentially safer alternative to prescription drugs for routine cases of the common cold and influenza.
6. What Does a 10:1 Concentrate Mean?
The Elderberry 10:1 concentrate means that it takes 10 parts of fresh elderberries to produce 1 part of dry powder. While eating the berries is very health promoting, you would need to eat 10 times the amount of fresh berries to equal 1 part of the concentrated product. By concentrating the berries, the active constituents are also more concentrated in a smaller serving of powder.
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