Humans have been consuming elderberries for hundreds of years and they’re among the most-used medicinal plants worldwide. Elderberries can be eaten raw, but they’re most often used to make syrups, capsules and gummies. Let’s discover what makes this berry so powerful.
- Elderberries grow on the Sambucas or elder tree. The tree can grow up to 30 feet tall and produces small, white elderflowers. Sambucas is derived from the Greek word for “wind instrument.” Some Native Americans also used elderberry branches to craft flutes.
- In European folklore, elder trees are closely associated with magic and the fairy realm. According to Danish legend, a female deity living within the elder tree leaves every midnight to travel across the land and fields, only to return to her tree before sunrise.
- Many parts of the elder tree, including the bark, leaves, flowers and berries, have been used throughout history for medicinal and culinary purposes. In folk medicine, elderberries and elderberry juice were used to treat infections, headaches and dental pain.
- Elderberry made an appearance in the 1,400-page guide Herball: or Generall Historie of Plants (1597) by John Gerarde, an English amateur botanist and plant collector. Considered a pre-eminent reference at the time (and is now believed to be mostly plagiarized from other botanists’ work), Herball included 1,000 plants and 167 chapters.
- A low-calorie but high-reward fruit, elderberries are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, dietary fiber, flavonoids and anthocyanins (compounds that give the berries their dark purple color and have anti-inflammatory benefits).
- Though more research is needed, elderberry has been shown to have antiviral and antimicrobial properties. In a clinical trial published in the Journal of International Medical Research, 60 patients who had flu symptoms were given 15mL of elderberry syrup four times per day for five days. Symptoms were relieved an average of four days earlier.
- Animal studies show elderberry’s incredible potential, including improving immune response in rats and showing remarkable antidepressant activity in mice.
Have you tried incorporating elderberry into your wellness routine? It might be the perfect time to give these berries a try. ZŪR Organics Elderberry Gummies contain ethically sourced, natural ingredients. They don’t have any artificial colors or flavors. Each gummy contains 200mg of elderberry, as well as vitamin C, echinacea and zinc. It’s sure to be a welcome addition to your everyday health arsenal.