Stop Colds And Flu With Elderries

Everyone gets ill from time to time. However, if you can, using food and drink as a way back to health (as well as helping to stop the onset of illness) is surely preferable to heading straight for the medicine cabinet.

Recently I started to get a few sniffles and a bit of a sore throat.

Thankfully , we have a small copse at the bottom of the garden which is made principally of Elder and willow trees. Each summer we help ourselves to the flowers a couple of months later, the berries of the elders and make quite a few bottles of refreshing elderflower and elderberry cordial and some other things, which see us through to the following summer. The elder tree has been known for much of human history as being useful to health in numerous ways, but the key medical advantages of the elder seem to be for its strong anti-viral/anti-bacterial properties, particularly in fighting colds, flu, and related sore throats.

How elderberries help prevent colds and flu
Elderberries contain Vitamins A, B & C, carotene and tannins amongst other stuff, such as alkaloids. But they do also contain dangerous cyanogenic glycosides, so be aware that the raw berries are rather poisonous and should not be eaten. They are unlikely to kill you but can make you feel sick. They are nevertheless, safe (in reasonable quantities) in a number of different preparations.

If you do still catch a cold, elderberries can also help coughs and sore throats – they contains pectin which is renowned as a demulcent; that is, it forms a protective film which helps alleviate irritation of the mucous membranes in the mouth. It also aids other breathing problems and sinusitis.

Elderflowers, likewise, can help reduce fever and help clear catarrh and both elder berries and elder flowers have laxative, diuretic and diaphoretic (induces perspiration) properties.

Medical research into the health advantages of elderberries
More research should be done on the diverse benefits of elder products. However, information from scientific studies in Germany showed inhibition of 2 strains of influenza virus of 25% and 30% respectively using elderberry extract, while reduction of bacterial growth was up to 99% with a 20% solution of elderberry extract.

David Gough is interested in natural health cures and the answers nature provides to our health concerns. His web site looks into nature’s answers to the question, such as the health benefits of elderberries

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