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The black elderberry plant is a deciduous shrub found mostly in North America and Europe. Most of the scientific research on the medicinal benefits of the plant has been conducted on the European species, Sambucus nigra. The plant produces white flowers that are used for both health and flavor applications and dark purple-black berries that are packed with phytonutrients. Elderberries have been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat everything from skin disorders to colds and flus. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, even referred to elderberry as “nature’s medicine chest.” Today, elderberry is used both as a natural red food colorant and as a top nutraceutical/functional food for its potent flavonoid profile and its multitude of health benefits.

Phytonutrient Profile

  • Contains nearly four times the anthocyanins as other commonly consumed berries
  • Unique anthocyanin profile containing cyanidin-3-glucoside, cyanidin-3,5-diglucoside, cyanidin-3-sambubioside, cyanidin-3-sambubioside-5-glucoside, cyanidin-3-rhamnoglucoside, cyanidin-3-xyloglucoside
  • Rich in flavonoids like isoquercetin and catechins

Elderberry Benefits

  • One of the highest ORAC antioxidant values compared to other fruit (2007 USDA study)
  • Supports a healthy immune system
  • Eases physical stress and enhances athletic performance
  • Promotes a healthy cardiovascular system
  • Promotes healthy aging and inflammation responses
  • All-natural and food-grade
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