This one little berry has been gaining much attention and with good reason. The Elder plant has been used to cure sickness for centuries. It has been called the "medicine chest herb". The flowers and the berries are used, and the rest of the plant is toxic.
Elderberry is the leading antiviral herb as it attacks and destroys the invading virus cells. And if you take the herb within 48 hours of contracting the virus, you will severely shorten the duration of the sickness, if not eliminate it completely. It is a great immune booster.
Elderberries are particularly rich in flavonoids, especially anthocyanins which are responsible for their deep purple (almost black) coloring. These powerful antioxidants work to keep the immune system strong and resilient. Anthocyanin works by clearing the body of free radicals that damage cells at the DNA level. It also has antiviral properties that may prevent or reduce the severity of certain common infections. Elderberry also exerts anti-inflammatory effects, reducing swelling and pain by tempering the body's immune response. Elderberry is the only immune boosting herb that has a special mechanism designed to attack the process of the virus invading our healthy cells and reproducing.
Berries: Vitamins A and C; flavonoids such as quercetin and rutin, and anthocyanins Flowers: High in phenolic acids, sterols, flavonoids, mucilage, tannins, volatile oil containing triterpenes
Elderberries also have many more medicinal qualities.