1) Antimicrobial Action
Elderberry is a traditional remedy for colds, flus, and other infections. Modern research is validating what herbalists have long known. Whether you’re dealing with a bacteria or a virus, elderberry can help due to its antimicrobial and immune-stimulating properties.1)2)3)4) But The Elder Mother is especially helpful when it comes to the flu. In laboratory tests, elderberry flavonoids were comparable to commercial antivirals like Tamiflu.5) Researchers suspect that elderberry does this by binding to viruses, preventing them from infecting your cells.
2) Anti-Inflammatory Power
Chronic inflammation could be the source of much discomfort and dis-ease. Elderberries contain strong antioxidants and anti-inflammatory power to help relieve rheumatism and other inflammation-linked conditions.
3) Cancer Fighter
Yes, elderberries are a potent cancer fighter, as well. Researchers have suggested that elderberries may become a part of future treatment protocols for advanced tumors.12) They have also shown promise as a topical treatment for skin cancers.13) This might be due to their strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
4) Cardiovascular Health
Elderberries have the ability to influence cholesterol levels and heart health.14)15) This could be another benefit of their anti-inflammatory power and antioxidant abilities. But researchers also suggest that elderberries have the ability to influence how the genes in our liver cells express themselves, resulting in more efficient cholesterol processing.
5) Diabetes Management
Elderflower and elderberry both help to lower blood glucose.17),18) In animals tests, elderberry was shown to reduce serum insulin and liver cholesterol levels
6) Diuretic Action
Herbalists use diuretics to flush excess water from the body. This can be done for many reasons, but the idea is usually to flush out toxins or infectious agents along with the water. Though relatively few studies have examined the efficacy of this practice, those that are available seem to support the traditional use of elderberry as a diuretic.
7) Wound Healing
In addition to all of the benefits listed above—or maybe because of them—elderberry leaves have also been shown to have powerful wound-healing properties.21) In one study, an herbal paste of several herbs, including elderberry, was confirmed to speed the healing of a bone fracture.22) In both of these examples, the leaves were used topically. Do not use elderberry leaves internally.