What are Elderberries?
Elderberries are the dark purple fruit that grow on the Sambucus tree. The most common type is the Sambucus nigra. This tree can grow up to 30 feet tall and produces small white or cream-colored flowers and elderberries. The berries grow in small blue or black bunches. Historically, both the flowers and berries have been used by indigenous people for their health benefits. These berries are one of the most commonly used medicinal plants worldwide.
Benefits of Elderberries
Elderberries are packed with vitamin C, dietary fiber and antioxidants like phenolic acids, flavonols, and anthocyanins. They are believed to provide a wide variety of health benefits like:
- Improve cold and flu symptoms
- Support heart health
- Boost the immune system
- Reduce inflammation
- Promote healthy skin