Don't fall prey to your coworkers cough, cold, and flu
We've all been there, a child or partner brings the winter creeping gunk home. We get it, we're not dying but not well either so we suck it up and head to work. Next thing we know we're better but some one else in the office looks like death warmed over and the cycle begins again. This year skip the cold and flu loop with this little berry, the elderberry, that's been used since the 5th century to keep the tribe happy and healthy.
In the wake of the ever increasing flu season elderberries are making quite the come back. Best know for the popular and tasty syrup these berries make, the elder tree offers us great opportunities for easy and effective immune enhancing nutrition.
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Specifically we rely on the species Sambucus Nigra for it's flowers and berries. The flowers which come in the spring provide allergy relief, stop the nasty nasal drip associated with early summer colds and soothe ear infections. However in the fall it's the tasty berries that bolster us for sustained health in the long winter months.
Elderberries are filled with fiber, phosphorus, iron, potassium and copper. They also contain vitamins A, B, C. Traditional medicine has long used the elderberry to keep the digestive track working, reduce the risk of diabetes, alleviate dental pain and infection and enhance the work of the immune system.
Modern day science has taken notice of this power packed little berry and several studies have shown that there are 3 distinct ways our body uses Sambucus Nigra:
1. Enhanced Cytokine production
Cytokines cell signalling molecules that act as the communication system for the immune system. When white blood cells come upon an invading pathogen, the secrete cytokines which in turns draws additional white blood cells to attack. Cytokines are crucial to regulating immune response. So by adding a little elderberry to our diet in the fall it just helps the immune system make sure it's communicating efficiently.
2. Elderberries are high in antioxidants which reduce the amount of oxidative stress that has to be cleaned up and moved out of the body. Oxidative stress can be a contributing factor to:
High blood pressure
Adding food high in antioxidants just helps the body clean up after normal medibolic and environmental waste.
3. These beautiful dark little immune gems act as natural viral suppressants. According to research Elderberry effectively inhibits Influenza A & B, and Herpes Simplex virus 143 (Roshek 2009; Serkedjieva, 1990; Zakay-Rones, 1995).
Elderberries are a simple and tasty addition to the table that can be enjoyed by the entire family. As a mom I slip them in where ever I can, I really enjoy making a large batch of Elderberry syrup and then finding creative ways of serving it, here are a few ideas:
1. Ice cream topping
2. Drizzled over blueberry waffles
3. Cranberry and Elderberry chutney
1 orange juiced
3 Cups frozen cranberries
1/4 Cup natural maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp powdered clove
1/2 Cup water
Add all ingredients to a sauce pan
Heat on medium to a simmer
Reduce heat and simmer an additional 15 to 25 minutes until ingredients begin to
thicken and cranberries become soft.
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