Elderberry flowers and berries help to support a healthy immune system. The elderberry tree has been used throughout history to treat coughs and colds and recently scientific studies have begun to reveal more about the health benefits of this high antioxidant plant.
They both contain high levels of anthocyanin. Anthocyanin’s are one of over 6,000 members of the flavonoid family of polyphenol phytochemicals. Anthocyanin’s are natural plant pigments that have a variety of beneficial effects on the body, including high antioxidant properties to support the immune system. Plants high in anthocyanin compounds are identified by the dark blue, purple and red colours, for example, açai berries, elderberries and blueberries. Other plants that are rich in anthocyanin are teas, wine, fruits, vegetables, nuts, olive oil and cocoa.
The berries and flowers also help the immune system to mount an optimal fever response to kill off pathogens that are susceptible to the heat. At a microscopic level, elderberry promotes a healthy immune response against viruses by increasing the number of inflammatory molecules called cytokinesStudies have revealed that consuming a diet rich in anthocyanin may help to strengthen the blood vessels, balance the immune system and combat inflammation12. The immune system is important in helping us to fight virus and disease. Discover how the immune system helps to protect us here.
The flowers and berries of the plant also help the immune system to mount an optimal fever response to kill off pathogens that are susceptible to the heat. At a microscopic level, elderberry promotes a healthy immune response against viruses by increasing the number of inflammatory molecules called cytokines.
Cytokines can cause local and systemic inflammation; encouraging immune cells to the area to help clear infection.
Anthocyanin’s may also be ingested through dietary supplements, such as anthocyanin-rich fruit extracts (Khoo et al., 2017).
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