Elderberries contain minerals such as iron, potassium, phosphorous, and copper. Moreover, they are rich in vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin C, proteins, and dietary fiber. They have an exceptionally high amount of the polyphenol anthocyanin which is full of antioxidants that provide a multitude of health benefits.
HEALTH BENEFITS FROM ELDERBERRY SYRUP
Strengthening the immune system
Strengthening the immune system and preventing the flu or a cold is the most commonly known benefit of elderberry syrup. Anthocyanins offer immunostimulant effects and boost the production of immune cytokines that help to regulate the immune response which allows the body to fight against diseases. Also, elderberry syrup helps to make a cold more tolerable by reducing mucous secretions.
Sinus infection relief
Elderberry syrup can help with sinus problems thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Promoting better circulation and providing heart support
Elderberry anthocyanins have the ability to protect the inner layer of blood vessels from oxidative stress, according to a study published in Free Radical Blood Biology and Medicine. The more protected the blood vessels are against oxidative stress, the stronger their integrity and structure. This is important because it helps improve circulation throughout the body which lessens the risk of stroke and heart disease.
Supporting strong bones
The berries ease joint pain and soreness provoked by inflammation. Also, they help promote stronger bones and the development of new bone tissue to lower the risk of osteoporosis.
Managing glucose levels in diabetics
Elderberry is just one of many herbal treatments that have been studied thus far for managing glucose levels. It has been proven that elderflower extracts can stimulate glucose metabolism as well as the secretion of insulin to lower blood sugar levels.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN ELDERBERRY SYRUP
- ⅔ cup dried organic elderberries
- 3 ½ cups water
- 1 cup raw honey
- Medium saucepan
- Pint-sized mason jar with lid
Put the elderberries and water into the saucepan and bring to a boil. Then, cover and reduce to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes to an hour. The liquid has to reduce by almost half.
Next, remove from heat and cool. Mash the elderberries with a spoon and pour the syrup through a strainer in the glass jar. Add 1 cup honey when the liquid is no longer hot. Keep it in the refrigerator. It is recommended ½ tbsp to 1 tbsp for adults and ½ tsp to 1 tsp for children on daily basis.
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