What is it?
Elderberry is a plant which is used as supplement to boost immune system, reduce inflammation to fight viruses like flu. The fruit of elderberry is sometimes made into wine.
Elderberry has been proven by studies to help with flu symptoms. Relief can be experience after 2-4 days of taking elderberry.
Elderberry has also been thought to help in conditions like constipation, HIV, hay fever, H1N1, cancer and neuropathic pain. However currently there are no evidence based evidence and studies on its actual benefits on these conditions.
Possible side effects
Taking elderberry juice is safe when taken for short term. There is currently no studies to prove that it is safe for long term. Taking cooked elderberry fruit is safe but taking raw fruit may cause nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.
There is insufficient evidence to prove if it is safe for lactating/pregnant women to consume it, hence it is best to avoid. Also if you have autoimmune diseases like SLE, Rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis, it is best to avoid taking it as Elderberry as it has an effect on immune system and may make condition worse.
Immunosuppressant: As elderberry improves immune system, it may render immune-suppressants mdications less effective for those who are taking it.
There is currently no specific guidelines on the dosage. Please follow the instructions on product label and if in doubt consult your doctor first.