In winter, human beings all more vulnerable to the seasonal cough, cold, or dreaded flu. Therefore, it is absolutely crucial during this season to adjust your wellness routine to include rituals that can protect your immune system at the outset, as well as promote a fast recovery, should you be assaulted by these pesky germs. One highly healing ingredient to incorporate into your routine this winter is delicious elderberry syrup.
About elderberry. Integrative medicine doctors often cite elderberry as a go-to herb for early signs of flu. Indeed, elderberry extract can significantly shorten the duration of influenza while reducing the need for medication, when compared with placebo, according to recent studies. Elderberry, aka Sambucus nigra, is high in vitamin C and other key nutrients like vitamin A, potassium, iron, B6, fibre and beta-carotene.
According to Pinterest’s 100 for 2019, a 685% increase has been seen in pins about elderberry recipes. Many brands are coming out with very affordable products based on elderberry, such as Nature’s Way organic Elderberry Zinc Lozenges, Zarbee’s Naturals Children’s Elderberry Immune Support Gummies,
Health-obsessed North Americans’ recent curiosity for new and unique ingredients continues to broaden. Hence, the once overlooked elderberry is now tooted as a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, thus its popularity is growing by the day.
What’s so special about elderberry syrup? Yes, elderberry has been featured in immune-boosting supplements before but why is this syrup trending now? Simply, elderberry syrup is special due to its versatile delivery method. Some even claim it is the embodiment of foods as medicine. Take this syrup at night with a spoon before bed to soothe your throat and get a solid dose of vitamin C. Not only does it taste awesome on its own, but it can be added to oatmeal, hot tea, iced drinks, smoothies or salad dressings. All this explains the massive increase in pins about elderberry recipes on Pinterest.
Shopping for elderberry syrup. It is best to purchase a certified organic brand with no no added sugar, like Gaia Herbs Black Elderberry Syrup, and Garden of Life mykind Organics Elderberry Syrup. The typical recommended dose is three tablespoons of syrup per day for adults (three teaspoons per day for children under two years old) starting at the earliest signs of flu. Clearly, if you do think you have contracted the flu, you should also seek out appropriate medical care.