Avoid Influenza by Using Elderberry Extracts

February 23, 2015

by Paul Fassa, Natural Health Journalist

(UtopiaSilver.com) You can avoid influenza by using elderberry extracts. Tamiflu is an expensive antiviral that has been clinically tried and found to reduce the effects of influenza by one day on average. It costs around $100 for a packet of 10 that are taken twice a day for five days. Most flu victims are over it in six days without any medications.

Worse than that, the side effects range from flu like symptoms (huh?) to severe cramps, vomiting, and mostly among children, neurological reactions leading to suicidal thoughts and suicides. Is that what you want to spend your $100 on if you or your child comes down with the flu?

Flu shots are being slowly uncovered as unworkable, even if there are no adverse effects. But there have been many serious adverse effects from flu shots. In other words, all risk and no benefits.

A Johns Hopkins post doctoral researcher, Peter Doshi, stuck his neck out exposing the non-merits of flu vaccines. His paper, “Influenza: marketing vaccine by marketing disease” was published in the peer reviewed British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Flu Options Much Better than Flu Shots or Tamiflu: Elderberry

European Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a shrub that is found across Europe, central and western Asia, and northern Africa. There are several different species of Elderberry. The berries and flowers are used medicinally and are loaded with antioxidants, quercetin, rutin and anthocyanins (a type of flavonoid that acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ).

Elderberry has been used for centuries as a medicinal in European folk medicine and by indigenous tribes to boost the immune system or as a general health tonic. Black elderberry is available and found in several supplemental forms at many health food stores.

In fact, science has just recently verified what folk medicine has known for centuries, Black Elderberry ‘Laciniata’ is a potent antiviral medicine and works against some strains of bacteria as well. Just because researchers have only verified the medicinal benefits of Sambucus nigra L. does not mean that other varieties of Elderberry are not effective.

Elderberry extracts have also been used to protect against the flu, especially if taken upon the first signs of any flu like symptoms. Caution: Do not eat raw wild elderberries as they are toxic unless cooked and made into a syrup or dried and made into a tincture.

Clinical Studies: Black Elderberry Far Better than Tamiflu and Without Side Effects

A 2011 study published in Bio Med Central (BMC) demonstrated that Black Elderberry inhibits the replication of both influenza A and B viruses, as well as three Gram-positive bacteria and one Gram-negative bacteria, which cause upper respiratory infections.

Researchers with the Department of Virology at Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School concluded that the berries are very efficacious as a flu treatment: “Symptoms were relieved on average 4 days earlier and use of rescue medication was significantly less in those receiving elderberry extract compared with placebo. Elderberry extract seems to offer an efficient, safe and cost-effective treatment for influenza.”

Hadassah University researchers discovered that the berries confer protection at the cellular level by inhibiting damaging inflammation and enhancing immune system response. They also confirmed that Elderberry is a safe and effective general health tonic.

The Hadassah researchers conclusively summarized: “Sambucol (a proprietary Elderberry product) might therefore be beneficial to the immune system activation and in the inflammatory process in healthy individuals or in patients with various diseases. Sambucol could also have an immunoprotective or immunostimulatory effect when administered to cancer or AIDS patients, in conjunction with chemotherapeutic or other treatments.”

“Mumcuoglu, [world-renowned Israeli virologist who researched and developed Sambucol] and is president of Razei Bar [the company that manufactures Sambucol], first tested her research on patients in the Southern Israel flu epidemic of 1992/3. The results were extremely encouraging.

“Within 24 hours, 20% of those patients taking Sambucol had dramatic improvements in symptoms like fever, muscle aches and pains and coughing. By the second day, 73% were improved and by day three, 90%. In the untreated group, only 16% felt better after two days. The majority of that group took almost a week to begin feeling better.”

A 2001 study published in the journal, European Cytokine Network, focused on how elderberries engage pro-inflammatory cytokines in a healthy immune system.

The researchers concluded that Sambucol Ederberry products activate immune response by stimulating and enhancing inflammatory cytokines. Previous studies have demonstrated that elderberry also boosts the production of non-inflammatory infection-fighting cytokines depending on the situation and what is needed by the body.

The immunostimulatory effect of Elderberry is effective not only for influenza but may prove useful in the treatment of cancer and various immunosuppressive diseases like AIDS.

According to Mountain Rose Herbs: “Extensive research shows that elder stops the production of hormone-like cytokines that direct a class of white blood cells known as neutrophils to cause inflammation, especially in influenza and arthritis. On the other hand, elder increases the production non-inflammatory infection-fighting cytokines as much as 10 fold”

Videos on making your own homemade Elderberry medicines:

Elderberry syrup

Elderberry tincture


Read more of Paul’s great articles at, “Healthmaven: Escape from the Medical Mafia Matrix.”