Can elderberry really help relieve your cold?
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The dried flowers (elder flower) and the dried ripe or fresh berries (elderberry) of the European elder tree are used in teas, extracts, and capsules, as the
Now it's starting to get mainstream attention as numerous elderberry supplements pop up on social media and for sale on Amazon. But can elderberry really help you beat cold and flu season? Or is it just another iteration of the ongoing berry craze?
"Elderberry has been used for many years in folk medicine as a treatment for colds and influenza," says
In one study conducted in
Hailed for its antioxidant properties, the elderberry may be newly trendy but the
Health experts also warn that you must avoid consuming it raw. Uncooked berries can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Many people prefer to use syrups, lozenges and gummy vitamins made out of elderberry.
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"Elderberries are low in calories and contain good amounts of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants and can be part of a healthy diet," says Bailey. However at this point, the official advice on how to fight a cold remains to "get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids, and eat a healthy diet."
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