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The One Surprising Berry That Can Help Boost Your Immunity

Find out why everyone is talking about elderberries! I'll tell you all about their unique health benefits, and show you how to make your own immunity-boosting elderberry syrup at home.

While it’s a bit strange to think of any particular fruit as “trending,” it’s a fitting description in light of the recent avalanche of content I’ve seen about elderberries! After seeing around a dozen articles about elderberries recently, I couldn’t resist finding out what all the fuss was about!

So I did what any good blogger would do—I opened a fresh can of Diet Coke and started researching! 😉 And I actually ended up learning some really interesting things about the health benefits of elderberries, as well as some easy ways to take advantage of those benefits! And I’ll be sharing all of that with you in today’s blog post.

The Health Benefits Of Elderberries

Black elderberries (sambucus nigra) are unusually rich in antioxidants that can help support the immune system. In fact, a 2010 article in the European Journal of Nutrition reported that black elderberries ranked as the top source of antioxidants in an evaluation of 100 different antioxidant-rich foods.

Several studies of these antioxidant-rich berries (usually in the form of elderberry syrup) suggest they may be particularly helpful in improving symptoms of respiratory viruses. A 2004 study found that flu patients who took an elderberry syrup experienced relief of their symptoms 4 days earlier than patients who received a placebo.

Additionally, a 2019 review found that supplementation with elderberry syrup had a significant effect in reducing the duration and severity of upper respiratory symptoms.

If you’re interested in giving it a try, there are plenty of elderberry syrups and extracts available online, including Sambucol, Sambucus, and more. Or you can make some at home using the elderberry syrup recipe below! 🙂

How To Make Elderberry Syrup

Ingredients:

6 cups filtered water
1 cup organic dried elderberries
1 Tbsp dried ginger
1 cup organic raw honey

Stove Top Directions:

Bring the water to a boil in a large pot, then add the elderberries and ginger and reduce to a simmer.

Simmer the mixture for around 45 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced by half. Then remove the pot from heat, mash the berries up with a spoon, and allow the mixture to cool completely.

Strain the mixture through a mesh sieve, then stir in the honey. Store the finished syrup in a glass jar in your fridge for 2-3 months.

Instant Pot Directions:

Put the water, berries, and ginger in your Instant Pot, seal the lid, and cook on High for 9 minutes.

Use Quick Release to depressurize the pot, then mash the berries up with a spoon or potato masher. Allow the mixture to cool completely.

Strain the mixture through a mesh sieve, then stir in the honey. Store the finished syrup in a glass jar in your fridge for 2-3 months.

How To Use Elderberry Syrup

  • Take 1 tablespoon every 3 hours when sick (or 1 teaspoon for children over 1 year.)
  • Take 1 tablespoon per day to help support your health when a cold or flu is going around.

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