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Hello everyone. Welcome back to another edition
of Ask the ND, I’m Doctor Jeremy Wolf. In this episode, I wanted to spend some time
talking to you today about an herb that may not only help to boost your immune system,
but might also help kick those pesky flu symptoms. I’m talking to you about Sambucus. You may
know this more commonly as Elderberry. While there are several species of Sambucus that
produce Elderberries, the most commonly researched is Sambucus Nigra. Primarily found in Europe
and North America, Elderberry is a small tree or shrub that grows in sunny locations on
the edge of other trees in damp environments. The berries and flowers are the parts most
commonly used for medicinal purposes. The leaves, roots and bark of this plant tend
to be toxic and therefore should be avoided. The berries of this herb are rich in flavonoids,
minerals and vitamins, such as potassium, vitamin A, B6 and vitamin C. In fact, one
cup of elderberry provides around 52 mg of vitamin c. So what else does it do in our
body? Here’s the rundown. Elderberry may have anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, antiviral
and anti-cancer properties. The flowers of Sambucus act as a diaphoretic when drank as
a hot tea. This means that it may induce fever and promote sweating. When taken at the onset
of an illness, elderberry may help to shorten the duration of the illness, stop the illness
from manifesting fully, and might make the symptoms more bearable. This includes fever,
headaches, muscle aches and nasal congestion. Elderberry may be combined with other immune
boosting herbs such as echinacea, calendula, and more herbs to boost the body’s immune
response. Elderberry comes in many forms such as tea, supplement, and syrups. If you’re
taking an elderberry syrup, make sure that it contains minimal added sugars. For preventative
measures, I like to recommend 1 tsp a day of elderberry syrup. If you start to feel
like you’re getting sick, you can increase this up to 3-4 times a day depending on the
amount of elderberry contained in your supplement. The fruit from elderberry has a long tradition
of being used during fall and winter as cold and flu season approaches. The berries of
this plant taste great and are safe for kids one year of age or older. When it comes to
choosing an elderberry supplement, make sure that your supplement is 100% all natural and
organic, without added preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, sweeteners
or aromas. Thank you for tuning in to another edition of Ask The ND. From all of us here
at Lucky Vitamin, spread the wellness.

13 thoughts on “Elderberry & The Immune System | Ask the ND with Dr. Jeremy Wolf

  1. My friend told me about it yesterday he says it really helps. So I'm taking it with 500mg of vitamin C and nasal spray zicam 3 times a day.

  2. How do you mean: "MAY have…", "MAY induce…", "MAY help…." Do they, or don't they? And if so, under what conditions?

  3. ok. both my boys just got flu swabs…and have fever 101.4 and 102. One is 4 and has SEVERE Anaphylaxis to casein (dairy) They put them on steroids and amox. If like to kick this fever and help them feel better faster. Suggestions please !! youngest is 19 months old. Ty.

  4. Question: my grandpa is in his early 80's, he's a diabetic and he's on dialysis. With fall and winter season coming, he's could possibly catch a cold or the flu. If he were take an elderberry cough syrup (something he's never taken before) how would that affect him?

  5. I blend my berries in a blender, I have never had issues with this but now I hear you can't eat seeds 🙄 is this true?

  6. Excuse my ingornance…. Why im asking but… "may induce fever" ???? Now I know a fever is a protective mechanism of the body to fight off bacteria etc. But why would it be a good thing to induce a fever when ur body does this anyway?

  7. Why do Americans pronounce the word Herb without the H. It is only the French who do this with all words beginning with this letter. Americans dont say ouse instead of house or ospital instead of hospital etc. So why erb??

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