Elderberry Juice Concentrate is widely used to remedy a variety of ailments, including allergies, arthritis, asthma, colds & flu, constipation, diabetes, excema, and viral infections. Over the past few years of practicing pharmacy, I am astonished at how many people depend on elderberry to help preserve their overall health. That astonishment has led me to become a believer in the positive effects of elderberry.
Sambucus nigra, also known as elderberry, contains natural anti-inflammatories, antihistamines, antioxidants, bio-flavinoids with antiviral and antidiabetic properties, and a large amount of Vitamin C. They are also mildly laxative, a diuretic, and diaphoretic. A recent Norwegian study show the potential beneficial effect of elderberry treatment for the flu. The study showed that using elderberry extract within 2 days of flu onset in otherwise healthy individuals reduced the duration of flu symptoms by 4 days!
I continue to hear success stories from customers who use elderberry juice concentrate. I recall one customer once told me that since he began regularly taking elderberry, he has not had a cold for the last 3 years! Of course this is just one instance; results will vary from one person to the next.
To finalize, I do not suggest using elderberry juice concentrate in place of prescriptions that you are currently taking without first talking to your doctor. Elderberry juice concentrate is considered a food, not a drug. No insurance company will cover it. Think of it as similar to a juice concentrate that you would purchase at your local supermarket, but with an extra boost of special nutrients.
And for some shameless promotion, Cooper Drug Store sells elderberry juice concentrate from Wyldewood Cellars Winery in Mulvane, KS. If you would like more information on elderberry or pricing, please call us during normal business hours.