Elderberry is one of the most commonly used plants for medicine and immune health*, and is native to the warmer areas of North America, Europe, Asia and Northern Africa. The most common variety is Sambucus nigra, also known as European Elderberry or Black Elderberry. Black Elderberries are high in Flavonoids called Anthocyanins, which give the berries their rich purple and red colouring
Black Elderberries are naturally rich in vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Iron, Vitamin A, Potassium and other nutrients. Elderberries have traditionally been used by many tribes as a tonic to promote health and vitality, as well as an ingredient in seasonal foods, such as pies and syrups. Ancient Egyptians even used Elderberries to improve their complexions and heal burns. Native Americans also used the branches of Black Elderberry to make flutes, so it is sometimes called "the tree of music."
One cup of Elderberries (approximately 145g) contains 10g of dietary fibre and 52mg of Vitamin C. That’s 87% of your recommended daily intake! If you find any Black Elderberries in the wild, it is essential to cook them before eating them. Today, Black Elderberry is most often taken as a supplement in the form of liquids, capsules, lozenges and gummies to help treat cold and flu symptoms and to help support the immune system due to its high Vitamin C content. The Anthocyanins in Black Elderberries are powerful phytonutriends; a substance found in certain plants and has many beneficial effects on the body.