Sambucol Black Elderberry Original Liquid, the original Black Elderberry extract, provides strong immune system support to help you and your family stay healthy throughout the year. Sambucal Black Elderberry extract conveniently arms you with some of the best protection nature has to offer. Developed by a world renowned virologist, Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu, Sambucol is the unique black elderberry extract that has been used in scientific studies. By using a proprietary method of extraction, only Sambucol can guarantee consistent, immune supporting properties in every serving. Trusted by millions worldwide, Sambucol can be taken every day for continuou immune system support.
- Suitable for Vegetarians & Vegans
- Suitable for Children ages 4+
- Certified Kosher
- This product is free of: gluten, dairy, soy, wheat, nuts, and artificial colors and flavors.
What is Sambucol?
Sambucol is a unique black elderberry extract rich in immune supporting flavonoids. Flavonoids are powerful, natural antioxidants taht are thought to work to protect the body's cells from the potential damage caused by free radicals. Certain flavonoids - anthocyanins - are found primarily in the pigments of dark blue and deep purple fruits such as black elderberry. It is these that have a remarkable ability to stimulate the body's immune system. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the highest concentration of anthocyanins are found in black elderberries - nearly double the amount found in any other fruit. The presence of these anthocyanins gives black elderberries twice the natural antioxidant capacity fo blueberries and significantly more than cranberries. Sambucol's unique manufacturing process harnesses the natural power of these anthocyanins providing a health supplement suitable for the whole family.
Benefits of Sambucol:
- Supports immune system
- Virologist developed
- Clinically tested
- Great tasting syrup
- 100% drug free
Sambucol Questions & Answers
What is the sodium content of the Sambucol range of products?
The products from the Sambucol product range contain only a trace amount of sodium.
What is the difference between Sambucol and other black elderberry products?
Sambucol is the Original Black Elderberry Extract that has been on sale for the past 20 years. Not all black elderberry extracts are the same. Only Sambucol uses the proprietary elderberry extract that was used in published clinical studies. Other products use a concentrated, standardized elderberry extract that does not have the natural balance of the elderberry extract used in Sambucol. This is a fundamentally different ingredient and so cannot be considered to be equivalent. Only Sambucol uses the proprietary elderberry extract that was used in published clinical studies.
What preservative does the Sambucol range of products use?
All the Sambucol Products manufactured after July 08 contain potassium sorbate as the preservative.
Do the Sambucol products contain animal derived ingredients?
The majority of the products in the Sambucol range do not contain any ingredients derived from animal origin. These products are therefore suitable for use by vegetarian. The only exception to this however is the the Cold & Flu formula does contain dairy derived lactose as an inactive ingredient.
Are the Sambucol products dairy free?
Almost all the products in the Sambucol product range are considered dairy free, the only exception is the Cold & Flu product which contains lactose derived from dairy.
Are the Sambucol products gluten free?
Yes the Sambucol range of products are gluten free.
Do the Sambucol products contain any artificial colors?
None of the products from the Sambucol range contain any artifical colors. The products gets its color from the elderberry extract.
Are the Sambucol products sugar free?
Some of the Sambucol products contain glucose syrup. These are Sambucol Original, Sambucol for Kids and the Immune Formula Syrup. These products are not classed as sugar-free. The Sambucol Lozenges can be classed as sugar free as they also do not contain any sugar.
Do any of the Sambucol products contain nuts?
None of the Sambucol liquid products contain nuts or any ingredients derived from nuts. The facilities where the Sambucol liquid products are manufactured do not use nuts or nut products during manufacture. The Sambucol lozenge products also do not contain nuts or any ingredients derived from nuts. The facilities where the Sambucol lozenge products are manufacture do not use nuts or nut products during manufacture.
Are the Sambucol Range of products kosher?
Currently most of the products from the Sambucol range are considered kosher. For the liquid products kosher status has been approved by the Beth Din de Paris and for lozenge products kosher status has been approved and is supervised by the advisor for the Chief Rabbinate of Great Britain. The homeopathy Cold & Flu Relief products are not kosher.
Are there any special storage conditions for the Sambucol products?
It is recommended to store products from the Sambucol range in a cool and dry place. Storing in the refrigerator is fine.
Are the Sambucol products suitable for use by vegetarians?
The majority of the products in the Sambucol range do not contain any ingredients derived from animal origin. These products are therefore suitable for use by vegetarians. The only exception to this however is the the Cold & Flu formula does not contain dairy derived lactose as an inactive ingredient.
Can the additive Sodium Benzoate cause behavior problems or hyperactivity in children?
There is only limited data looking at the effects of food additives, including sodium benzoate, on children's behaviour. The results of a recent study on the effect of sodium benzoate in combination with mixtures of other food additives showed inconsistent and inconclusive results.
What are the traditional uses of elderberry?
Details of the uses of elderberry have been recorded since ancient times, as far back as the writings of Hippocrates, Dioscorides and Pliny the Elder. The berries have long been used for making preserves, wines, winter cordials and for adding flavour and colour to other wines. More recently, elderberry has been used as dietary supplements and used in natural health products containing extracts of the berries.
How does Sambucol work?
Studies have shown that elderberries are unusually rich in the phytochemicals known as flavonoids and among all fruits, elderberries are the most concentrated source of anthocyanins, a class of flavonoids that act as powerful antioxidants to boost the immune system and protect the body's cells from harm. These anthocyanins are found in the purple pigment of black elderberries. Research has shown that the anthocyanins in black elderberry can boost the production of cytokines, the proteins that act as messengers within the immune system, and thereby serve to enhance the body's immune response. Sambucol products contain extracts of black elderberry. Therefore, Sambucol is a rich souce of anthocyanins which has been shown to help stimulate the body's immune system.
What clinical evidence is available to support Sambucol?
Sambucus nigra or the black elderberry is a plant native to Europe, Northern Africa and parts of Asia. The flowers and berries have a long history of use in traditional European medicine as well as the berries being used to make wines and cordials. The black elderberry, due to the dark pigmentation of its fruit, contains high concentrations of the flavonoid group of antioxidants called anthocyanins. It is these natural antioxidants that give the elderberry its purple pigment. This means that the fruit of the black elderberry have powerful antioxidant capabilities. Studies looking at the antioxidant activity of many types of fruits, including the black elderberry have shown that the total antioxidative capacity of the elderberry was higher than that of the blackcurrant, gooseberry, cranberry, blueberry and redcurrant Due to the amount of stress that modern society places on our bodies, it may be beneficial to take an antioxidant supplement to help boost the Immune System, particularly at times such as when suffering from a cold or the flu virus.
Can the Sambucol products be used during breastfeeding?
Due to a lack of clinical data available on the use of Sambucol during breast feeding, it is advisable to avoid taking the product at this time. Consumers are advised to consult their primary care provider before starting to take any new supplement or medication during breastfeeding.
Should I take Sambucol before or after meals?
There is no evidence to suggest whether Sambucol should be taken before or after food. Given that Sambucol is extracted from the berries of the black elder, some people may find it preferable to take after food.
Are there any possible interactions between Sambucol and other substances?
No itneractions between black elderberry and other medications were identified from the published worldwide literature. As with all medical conditions, the patient should check with a healthcare professional before using any other supplements or medications.
Can Sambucol products be used in children?
All the Sambucol products can be used in children. Please consult the dosage instructions on the individual Sambucol product packs before use to ensure the correct dose is given for the child's age.
Can Sambucol be used in the elderly?
No special dosage requirements are required for use by the elderly.
Can Sambucol be used in asthmatics?
After a thorough search of published literature, no evidence has been found and no clinical studies have been identified to suggest that black elderberry extracts, which are included in the Sambucol products, have either a positive or negative effect on patients suffering froma asthma. As with any pre-existing medical condition, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional before starting to take any new supplement or medication.
Can Sambucol be used in children under 3 years of age?
All the Sambucol products can be used in children, however the only product recommended for use in children under the age of 3 years is the Sambucol for Children product.
Can Sambucol be used in people with high blood pressure?
A literature search was conducted using Medline and Pubmed. No records were identified that discussed the effects of blood pressure when taking Sambucol products (or black elderberry extracts). No warning or contra-indications regarding use in high blood pressure are included on the proposed SmPC.
Can I take Sambucol if I have heartburn?
Some of the Sambucol range of products contain zinc and or vitamin C. In large quantities these have been reported to cause heartburn. Sambucol should not cause heartburn or exacerbate it, provided that the recommended daily dose is adhered to and that any intensive use of the product is only short term. As with any pre-existing medical condition it is advisable to check with a healthcare professional prior to use of food supplements or medications. If heartburn is experienced the use of the product should be discontinued.
Can Sambucol be used as part of the recommended '5 a day' portions of fruit and vegetables?
Information available from the Food Standards Agency and current Government guidelines on healthy eating, indicate that Sambucol products cannot count as part of the recommended '5 a day' portions of fruit and vegetables. This is based on the fact that only 100% fruit juices are allowed to be classified as a 'portion of fruit' and in order to obtain 100% fruit juice from Sambucol, 150ml if the product would need to be consumed. This amount is not the amount currently recommended on Sambucol packaging.
Sambucol is a unique black elderberry extract rich in immune supporting flavonoids. Sambucol is made from black elderberries which has twice the natural antioxidant capacity of blueberries and more than 50% the overall antioxidant capability of cranberries. Antioxidants support the immune system by helping neutralize the harmful effect of free radicals. Sambucol is produced from whole black elderberries and has the equivalent of up to 1000 black elderberries in every 120ml bottle. It has been developed by scientists and is recommended by experts. Sambucol Black Elderberry has a unique formulation and extraction process which preserves and maximizes the naturally occurring health benefits of the berry.
Flavonoids are powerful, natural antioxidants that are thought to work to protect the body's cells from the potential damage caused by free radicals. Certain flavonoids - anthocyanins - are found primarily in the pigments of dark blue and deep purple fruits such as the black elderberry. It is these that have a remarkable ability to stimulate the body's immune system. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the highest concentration of anthocyanins are found in black elderberries - nearly double the amount found in any other fruit. The presence of these anthocyanins gives black elderberries twice the natural antioxidant capacity of blueberries and significantly more than cranberries. Sambucol's unique manufacturing process harnesses the natural power of these anthocyanins providing a health supplement suitable for the whole family.