Despite the mild summer-like weather so far this winter throughout most of North America, cold and flu season is upon us, and experts at WebMD predict it will hit us hard in early 2016, particularly in our largests cities across the US.
Surprisingly, there are simple and proven ways to reduce your risk of catching a cold or flu such as washing your hands, staying hydrated, and adding elderberry extract to your fresh juices and smoothies.
A Little History
Elder is one of the most popular medicinal plants of all time! A 1664 book was dedicated entirely to the medicinal properties of every part of the plant, and it is still very popular among modern herbalists.
In ancient lore elderberry trees were planted around houses to prevent evil spirits as well as protect against lightning.
It's use for sore throats is known to go back hundreds of years, and is still used for this purpose today. As you'll see in the next section, science has proven that the ancient herbalists had it right after all!
Amazing Proven Benefits
Research is ongoing to explore the medicinal properties of elderberry. Benefits for the treatment of cancer and Alzheimer's have been reported but more research is needed to confirm these preliminary findings.
However, multiple clinical studies have proven that elderberry not only boosts the immune system but also shortens the length of time we suffer from a cold or flu.
I highly recommend adding elderberry syrup to your juice and smoothie recipes at least once a week. Order it from Norm's, a US farm devoted to the sustainable cultivation of elderberry and the production of the highest quality elderberry syrup and other products.
Try this delicious elderberry juice recipe.
No products or fees were accepted for this endorsement of Norm's and their products.
Juice all the ingredients except the elderberry. Stir it into your juice and enjoy!
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||1 g|
|Saturated Fat||0 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||0 g|
|Dietary Fiber||11 g|