My husband and I are passionate about living as naturally as we can. To keep ourselves healthy we rely on many homeopathic methods, all of which we thoroughly research before adopting them into our every day lifestyle. Some of these methods we’ve relied on for years now, and others are new that we literally just learned about this winter. One of the new methods I learned about this year was the power of elderberries.
Back in December my husband and I went to walk around Barnes & Noble. As we were walking around the magazine section, I came across the December/January edition of Paleo magazine. I LOVE this magazine and have read it a few times. It’s always full of great information both about health and nutrition.
An article in the magazine titled, “Supporting Your Immune System” caught my eye. I was battling a slight cold at the time, so I was eager to see what this article said. One of the suggestions was something completely new and different than anything my husband and I had tried before: elderberry syrup.
Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, studies show that elderberry extract can lessen severity and length of the common cold when taken within 48 hours of onset. Evidence also suggests that chemicals in the elderflower and berries may help reduce swelling in sinuses, thus helping relieve nasal congestion. Additional studies suggest this powerful berry may also have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-influenza, and anticancer properties.
Elderberries conveniently grow all over the United States and can easily be made into a syrup or juice, which can be utilized at the first sign of a cold or flu. There are also a number of elderberry supplements (pills, tinctures, lozenges, and syrups) available in most health-food stores.”
– Paleo Magazine, Dec/Jan 2018 page 56
Elderberry sounded like an awesome herbal supplement to add into our everyday routine, but before I dove right in, I did more research and I was impressed with what I was discovering. Everything that I found backed up what I had read in Paleo Magazine. In addition, elderberry syrup contains “two times the antioxidants of blueberries and more antioxidants than blackberries, cranberries and goji berries.” (source)
My husband and I went to our local Vitamin Shoppe and bought an elderberry syrup by Nature’s Answer. It’s gluten-free, kosher, vegan, vegetarian, and has no alcohol. It’s also non-GMO which I LOVE.
Since I had a cold, I started taking two teaspoons as directed, and it really helped! It helped me recover from my slight cold a lot faster. But, you can also use elderberry syrup when you’re not sick to help boost your immune system.
“Elderberries are a rich source of vitamins A and C, which are crucial in helping the body maintain optimal health. Plus, the bioflavonoids in elderberry syrup boost the body’s immune system by increasing antioxidant levels and viruses that damage cell walls. A daily dose can assist you in preventing both acute and chronic disease.”
So, every day since my husband and I discovered the amazingness of elderberries, we have been taking a teaspoonful each morning. It’s natural. It’s effective. It tastes great. And it’s just another way to help boost your immune system in a naturally, safe way.
When used correctly, and when proper research has been done, I feel that homeopathic remedies can really help. Elderberry syrup, for us, is a Mindful Unique Decision that we can feel good about using. But, before you run to the store to buy elderberry syrup, do your own research. And of course, if you’re really sick, go to the doctor.