WHY BLACK EDLERBERRY NEEDS TO BE YOUR JAM.
First things first…history. “The Father of Medicine”, Hippocrates, referred to the elder tree as his personal medicine chest. Native Americans treated infections with elderberry and the ancient Egyptians used it to heal burns and improve complexion. These days, you are most likely to encounter black elderberry in formulas focused on treating or preventing cold and flu symptoms and here is why.
Black elderberry extracts have been shown to reduce the severity and length of the flu and is likely to play a role in its prevention. (1)(2). Other studies have found black elderberry to improve symptoms associated with cold and flu including muscle aches, headache, fever, and nasal congestion, after just 24 hours. (3) (4) Yes, please.
Black elderberry is high in antioxidants which help to prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals. Research tells us that consuming antioxidants can have many positive impacts on our health especially related to inflammatory conditions (5)(6)(7)
Yes. Elderberry is trending. But it’s important to note that there are at least 30 types of elder plants and trees available around the world. Sambucus nigra, the European version, is the strain most studied and associated to health and healing. Should you be supplementing with black elderberry these days? We think so!!
While the studies referenced above were performed on commercial elderberry products, why not pack some of this superfood into your diet as well? Elderberries are a low-calorie food packed with great nutrition including vitamin C, dietary fiber. In fact, 100 grams of fresh berries contain 73 calories, 18.4 grams of carbs and less than 1 gram each of fat and protein.
Try this Elderberry Jam Recipe from FabFood. Talk about a great way to butter your biscuit!