Two years ago, I was a frequent visitor to our local urgent care. Not by choice of course, but due to my toddlers and myself catching every cold and strains of flu it seemed imaginable. We opted not to receive the flu shot, and never have, but managed to evade the flu and major coughs and cold until then. Two years ago, things changed, and I was contemplating, should we have got the flu shot, would it have made a difference? I will never know the answer to that question for sure, but what I can tell you is what has made a difference since. This gem has made such a difference, my boys and I have not had any major colds or flu since incorporating it into our wellness regimen.
Black Elderberry Syrup has done wonders for my family. Suggested by a friend, who happens to be a pharmacist, after the frequent bouts with cold viruses and what was at a time, very weak immune systems. According to herbwisdom.com, Black Elderberry (Sambucus) contain organic pigments, tannin, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, sugar, rutin, viburnic acid, vitamin A and B and a large amount of vitamin C. The syrup is taken by mouth usually a tablespoon serving size, one to two times daily, as needed.
The brand I would most recommend is by Gaia, they offer a kids and adult version. The kids version includes organic sugar cane, water, organic honey, natural flavor from lemon juice, and of course the main ingredient of black elderberry. Trust me, with this flavor; this is one medi herb that will be taken with no hassle by your children. My toddlers take their elderberry with ease, as it has a refreshing taste and they are believers too. At the onset of a cough, my 3 year old reminds me, “I need my elderberry”!
The Gaia brand elderberry syrup (3-4oz) will cost you between $13-20 dollars depending on the kid and adult version and if it’s on sale or not. I’ve purchased from amazon before with next day shipping from Amazon prime, and it is well worth the price considering the elderberry contains no artificial ingredients, or preservatives, and it supports a healthy immune system.
I have been asked if Elderberry in the plant form would be more effective to take versus the syrup. In the raw form, Elderberry can be poisonous, so it is recommended that the berry be cooked. The syrup is just as effective as the boiling the berry. What is most important is the source of your Elderberry, I have purchased black elderberry syrup from different manufactures and it has not been as effective as the Gaia brand, because the other versions contained preservatives and other additives, which dilute the elderberry and limit its potency. For this reason, do your research and check the ingredient label before you purchase. There is a kid’s version that contained high fructose corn syrup, the hypocrisy!
I would recommed that you consult with your physician to ensure Elderberry syrup is recommened for your family to take.
Treat your immune system to some black elderberry today, and let us know how effective it's been this season for your household. Cheers to your health!