Berries for Life Elderberry for Immune Health - 60 Capsules
Berries for Life Elderberry promotes immune health. Dark berries give the body a better fighting chance. The Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is known as “nature’s medicine chest” and has been used for centuries by traditional healers for a variety of health benefits, most notably to augment the immune system and to provide support against physical stress (which we now know can be related to oxygen radical buildup).
Wards off evil?
Some superstitions believe it protects against evil influence, while the Elder Wand was the most powerful in Harry Potter's wizardry. We'll settle for the magical qualities commonly associated with the black elderberry. Elderberry contains nearly four times the anthocyanins as other commonly consumed berries and its well-researched immune health properties and other particular health benefits include:
- Immune support.
- Protection against oxidative stress (antioxidant activity).
- Physical Stress & Athletic performance.
- Cardiovascular support.
- Healthy inflammation response.
Their Premium Elderberry
In ONE serving you get:
- The most holistic, full-spectrum elderberry profile (our whole food ground elderberry combined with our concentrated anthocyanin-standardized extract and elderberry juice powder).
- At least 900 ORAC units—more than the antioxidant capacity in an average serving of fruits and vegetables.
- At least 47mg anthocyanins (a USDA survey suggests we aren’t getting enough in our diet--only 12.5mg are consumed daily on average).
- A simple and convenient way to benefit from the elderberry phytonutrients that will help you maintain optimal health.
The black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is native to Europe and has been used for centuries by traditional healers for its variety of health benefits. Elderberry is often referred to as "nature's medicine chest," (as coined by Hippocrates) and it is most recognized today for its immune health properties as well its ability to provide support against physical stress (which we now know can be related to oxygen radical buildup). The berries are harvested in early autumn but are not very palatable in their raw form.
Hierarchy of Actives
Polyphenols are a large family of natural phytonutrients widely distributed in plant foods. They are characterized by the presence of more than one phenol unit per molecule.
Flavonoids (or "bioflavonoids") make up an important subcategory of polyphenols that exhibit potent antioxidant activity. Many health promoting effects are attributed to flavonoids.
Anthocyanins, with their incredible antioxidant and health-promoting potential, are one of the most widely-studied flavonoid categories. Anthocyanins are the water-soluble pigments responsible for the dark red-purple color found in fruits, vegetables, and flowers. The darker the berry, the more anthocyanins that are present.
Elderberry contains nearly four times the anthocyanins as other commonly consumed berries. Each berry species contains a unique anthocyanin profile that contributes to its distinct health benefits. The black elderberry contains four predominant anthocyanins:
- cyanidin-3-glucoside (C3G)
Perhaps one of the most important health attributes of the dark berries that are high in anthocyanins is the antioxidant capacity. Dark berry antioxidants neutralize free radical buildup, also known as oxidative stress. Free radicals are linked to the development of a number of degenerative diseases and conditions. Free radicals are by-products of normal bodily functions and are inevitable in daily life. However, it is the delicate balance of antioxidants and free radicals that determine their state of health. As we age, the body doesn't function as efficiently and, as a result, an excess of free radicals are produced. We can do our best to arm ourselves by including sufficient amounts of antioxidants in our diet or by supplementing our diets with products rich in dark berry anthocyanins, including elderberry anthocyanins.
The Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) test is one commonly used method for measuring the antioxidant capacity of a substance. The higher the ORAC value, the higher the antioxidant activity.
A study by Youdim et al. in 2000 found that incorporation of elderberry anthocyanins by endothelial cells increased protection against oxidative stress.
Additional Health Benefits
Elderberry is valuable not only for its antioxidant potential but also for its many particular health benefits that are substantiated in studies in the areas of:
- Immune support
- Physical Stress & Athletic performance
- Cardiovascular support
- Healthy inflammation response
Scientific Research at a Glance
Elderberry's extensive use in traditional medicine has interested modern researchers who continuously explore the health benefits of natural products and search for the active compounds like anthocyanins and the mechanisms by which they function. Current studies range from in vitro laboratory studies to animal studies and even human clinical studies.
Some noteworthy findings include:
- In a human clinical trial, a significant improvement of influenza symptoms, including fever, was seen in 93.3% of the cases in the elderberry-treated group within 2 days, whereas in the control group 91.7% of the patients showed an improvement within 6 days. (Zakay-Rones, 1995)
- In a human pilot study, athletes who consumed elderberry supplements experienced a delay in lactic acid buildup and a maintained state of oxidative phosphorylation, enabling them to workout longer and harder. (Porta, 2001)
- A human pilot study showed that the intake of elderberry juice resulted in a significant decrease in serum triglyceride concentrations. (Murkovich, 2001)
Berries For Life™ Elderberry is the Answer
Their elderberry supplement includes a standardized extract, which delivers consistent high levels of the active elderberry anthocyanins combined with a whole food elderberry powder that delivers the full elderberry matrix, just as if you were eating the actual berries. they also include an elderberry juice powder for an added boost of elderberry phytonutrients to deliver a well-rounded and complete product to help you stay healthy.
Traditional wisdom and now modern research recognize the health benefits of dark berry antioxidants.
Among fruits, dark berries contain high levels of diverse phytonutrients known as polyphenols. Polyphenols are a large family of natural phytonutrients widely distributed in plant foods. They are characterized by the presence of more than one phenol unit per molecule. Flavonoids (or "bioflavonoids") make up an important subcategory of polyphenols that exhibit potent antioxidant activity. Many health promoting effects are attributed to flavonoids. Anthocyanins, with their incredible antioxidant and health-promoting potential, are one of the most widely-studied flavonoid categories. Anthocyanins are the water-soluble pigments responsible for the dark red-purple color found in fruits, vegetables, and flowers. The darker the berry, the more anthocyanins that are present.
Berries for Life only concentrates on dark berries because dark berries concentrate the antioxidants.
Dark Berries are Better Berries
All berry phytonutrients are beneficial. But they are not all equal. At Berries for Life, they are here for only one reason, and that is to concentrate on the best of the best nutrients.
A significant number of studies have shown that dark berry antioxidants (such as anthocyanins) are beneficial for cardiovascular health, reducing age-associated oxidative stress, improving neuronal and cognitive brain function as well as ocular health, and protecting genomic integrity. In addition, dark berry antioxidants have been shown to enhance the immune system and help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
What Makes Their Berry Antioxidant Supplements Better?
They base their products on extensive research showing the health benefits of dark berry antioxidants. Their supplements are scientifically-documented, well-formulated, and of the highest-potency, featuring dark berries like aroniaberry, elderberry, black currant, blueberry, and cranberry.
Their extracts come from the highest quality raw materials grown from specially cultivated crops and they use independent lab testing to guarantee the level of active dark berry phytonutrients. You can be assured you are buying an all-natural premium product that maintains consistent levels of activity and bioavailability.