There might be distance between us but we are not away!
Interaction with our ND-lovers has changed, and we love to see how many of them send us messages to talk about the current situation and discuss how to carry a healthy life from home.
We received an email from Gladys, who lives in a beautiful residential complex where she can go for a walk with her dog in the afternoons.
She noticed some very special berries in her neighbor’s house, who told her they were called Sambucus elderberries. He also said they were very healthy, especially in recent times.
So, our friend Gladys decided she had to know more about these berries so she contacted us.
Today, we share with you some reasons why elderberries are something to pay attention to during these times.
Where Do These Berries Come From?
Elderberries refer to a variety of fruits belonging to the Sambucus tree. The Sambucus nigra (European Elderberry) family is best known for its medicinal properties, and its history dates back to 400 BC.
Maybe you have used them to make cakes or jam… And is not it surprising to know they are more than just a delicious fruit?
One cup of these Sambucus berries contains nutrients such as vitamins A and C, folic acid, potassium, calcium, iron, and is high in fiber.
Which are some of its properties?
Elderberries stimulate your immune system to be better prepared for diseases.
These are some of its properties:
1. It improves your defenses: promotes and regulates the production of white blood cells, which reduce inflammation and support the immune system.
2. It’s a powerful antioxidant: The flowers, fruits, and leaves are excellent sources of antioxidants. Some of its compounds even have 3.5 times the antioxidant power of vitamin E.
3. It has antiviral properties: Its effects contribute to reducing the duration and severity of the flu and common colds.
4. Supports cardiovascular health: it can also reduce the levels of cholesterol in your blood. In addition, it has compounds such as anthocyanins, which can reduce the risk of heart disease.
5. Controls blood sugar levels: can increase insulin secretion and regulate an enzyme called α-glucosidase, which helps to balance blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of conditions such as type diabetes 2.
How Can I Take These Berries?
Elderberries are quite sour and must be cooked in water to eat. Flowers have a delicate aroma and can be eaten raw or cooked.
But beware! Eating raw berries, bark, and leaves of this shrub can cause stomach problems and even be poisonous if not done properly. You can also find them in the form of supplements like syrups, jelly beans, and capsules.
Taking them as supplements allows concentrating the nutritional power of this fruit and optimizing its health benefits. Boost your immune system and nourish your body with this secret of nature.