Don’t let the small size of Sambucus Nigra, more popularly known as elderberry, fool you. This tiny fruit is extremely potent and has been known for fighting a number of diseases. More recently, a research has found that elderberry can help you deal with influenza symptoms more effectively. The study published in the Journal of Functional Foods said that consumption of elderberries will help your body fight off the infection-causing virus and deny it entry into your body thus helping boost your immunity.
The best discovery that the researchers made was that the phytonutrients anthocyanidin compounds in elderberries don’t just help reduce the risk of getting afflicted with influenza, they also help your body fight the infection during the later stages of influenza. This basically means that you should have elderberries regularly to help your body heal. But elderberries help you fight not just influenza, the dreaded disease that claims millions of lives every year worldwide but it also helps you in other ways:
Fight Jet lag: An Australian study found that elderberry could help you deal with cold and flu-like symptoms when you suffer from jet lag. So the next time you plan to go on a long-haul flight, make sure to load up on elderberries to alleviate your jet lag.
Promote Weight loss: Elderberries make for a great snack as their high-fibre content makes them very filling. A handful of berries can fill you up till dinner and prevent you from eating junk in the meanwhile. But make sure that you don’t go overboard with its consumption. This could lead to weight gain.
Boost heart health: Like others in the berry family, elderberries have potassium which can be beneficial to your heart. These can help expand your blood vessels and also bring down high cholesterol levels. This could also help prevent stroke, cardiovascular diseases and high blood pressure.
Make bones strong: If the fear osteoporosis and arthritis bothers you, you must start having these berries. Elderberries are known for their high calcium content, which along with its other nutrients can help your bones and joints and prevent diseases.