As we head into the cold and flu season, there’s been even more “buzz” than ever throughout the world (and throughout the Juice Hive) about the health benefits of elderberry syrup. And chances are, as a health-conscious individual, you’ve heard about how not only can elderberry syrup help your immune system and help ward off colds and flu, but may also provide benefits for your heart, digestive system, bones and brain. Elderberry syrup has even been used as a treatment for a variety of other ailments, including constipation, joint and muscle pain, headaches, fever, kidney problems, epilepsy, minor skin conditions and stress.
Considered one of the world’s most healing plants, the berries and flowers of elderberry are filled with antioxidants and vitamins that are believed to boost your body’s natural immune response. In fact, although teas and syrups made from the elderberry plant have been used to fight upper respiratory infections and boost immunity for hundreds of years, recent small medical studies are promising in confirming the role that elderberry syrup can play in fighting flu symptoms. The Cleveland Clinic has noted a randomized study of 60 adults with flu like symptoms, where those who took 15 ml of elderberry syrup four times a day saw symptoms clear up on average four days earlier than those taking a placebo syrup – and another small study showing that air travelers taking elderberry syrup “had a shorter duration of cold symptoms that were less severe than the control group.”
As more research into the health benefits of elderberry syrup continues (and with doctors still pointing to the importance of flu shots in preventing flu this coming year), many doctors also point to the role that elderberry syrup can have in boosting your immune system – noting that it is safe to take elderberry syrup “as part of a healthy diet plan that includes foods with vitamin B, vitamin B6 and vitamin E.” Visit us at the Juice Hive’s Health Emporium to learn more about the elderberry syrup we carry, and stock up to fight this year’s cold and flu season – as well as to enhance your health in numerous other ways. And if you’re starting to feel a bit under the weather (or if you simply want to pep up your immune system) stop in to the Juice Hive for a delicious — and immune-boosting — Elderberry shot (or take it home in one of our two sizes.) It’s all organic, locally made at the Juice Hive … and a natural way to stay healthy this year!