Elderberry and the Common Cold. A Natural Cure?
Friday, 15 February 2019

 We have cured and solved many medical cases in the past hundred years. However, the common cold is not one of those. There are hundreds of pills, liquids, teas, and antiviral drugs that claim to help your cold and flu symptoms. However, many of these are synthetic, and some are even dangerous. While we still don’t have a cure, there might be a better option in your back yard due to recent news. 

According to new research elderberry, when boiled and made into a syrup, might be your best option. It’s been shown in research to reduces both the symptom severity and symptom duration for both the cold and flu. Jessie Hawkins, Ph.D. from the Franklin Institute of Wellness was the leader of this research. He was quoted as saying,

“Supplementation with a standardized elderberry extract is significantly effective at reducing the total duration and severity of upper respiratory symptoms, as compared to a placebo group … These findings present an alternative to antibiotic misuse for upper respiratory symptoms due to viral infections, and a potentially safer alternative to prescription drugs for routine cases of the common cold and influenza.”

~ Jessie Hawkins, PhD

Fairy Tale Medicine

For hundreds of years, elderberry has been used as a cold remedy. Hans Christian Anderson wrote a fairy tale that included a boy getting better off of elderberry tea. It’s only recently that scientific researchers have taken a look at this plant’s medicinal abilities. Luckily for us, their research has come away with positive evidence.

A Powerful Extract

One research study has found that the extract of the elderberry plan is powerful and effective when working to rid the body of pathogenic bacteria and influenza viruses. Another trial was able to show that the extract made into lozenges could assist in reducing the severity and duration of cold and flu symptoms. Unfortunately, however, these trials were only done on a small number of patients and not big enough to constitute absolute proof.

Then Dr. Hawkins and his coauthors undertook the task creating a meta-analysis. They spent months looking for studies relating to elderberry medical research and determining their worthiness. Of the 137 total research papers, only four were done with strict enough guidelines to meet the criteria Dr. Hawkins’s had set out. In total, this resulted in 180 people that had been part of a proper trial.

Within this small test number, the results still showed overwhelmingly positive results. The figures show that elderberry had a significant impact on the duration of the symptoms. It also shows that even if the participants had gotten the flu vaccine, the results didn’t significantly alter. Lastly, these four studies showed the researchers that elderberry was more useful for the flu than the cold.

Adding Elderberry to Your Home

Elderberry comes in many forms from chewable tablets to pills and liquids. These are great options for you when you are looking for a natural assistant to overcoming the flu or cold. However, elderberry syrup can also be made at home! You should be very careful when considering this option. If you don’t cook it enough, it can result in toxic compounds rather than a healing liquid! Overall, elderberry is a great natural option to help you overcome the cold and flu. Though you should still talk to a doctor, you might even consider this as a holistic treatment to the other pills you take!
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