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Product Spotlight: Physician's Choice Elderberry

September 02, 2020 4 min read

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is known around the world as a natural health remedy. Native to Europe, West and Central Asia, and North Africa, elderberry has been transported around the world and has become an essential component of natural health programs(1)

Traditionally elderberry has been used to provide relief from seasonal health challenges and occasional constipation (1). However, fresh elderberry is toxic, and ingesting the berries or leaves can lead to nausea and vomiting within minutes. That means to benefit from this important botanical, parts of the plant must be handled and processed with care, such as by making teas, extracts and syrups to gain access to the rejuvenating properties while getting rid of the toxic effects.

Science has caught up with this alternative medicine powerhouse and now you can easily enjoy the health benefits of elderberry inPhysician’s Choice Elderberry Gummies.

Elderberry is naturally bursting with vitamins and flavonoids

Although you cannot eat fresh elderberries directly, we now know that they are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidant compounds important to good health(1).  

One such flavonoid in elderberry is anthocyanin. Anthocyanins give elderberries their deep, rich color. Human studies have also found anthocyanins to have antioxidant action, which can influence metabolism and immune responses in the body (2). Anthocyanins are obtained through careful preparation of the elderberries, concentrating and improving their bioavailability, allowing elderberry can provide support for your body and immune system.*

What are the benefits of elderberry?

Elderberry for seasonal immune health

If the cold weather has you feeling run down, or you are interacting with more people in closed spaces, or if you are traveling for the holidays, then elderberry extract might be just enough to give you the boost you need.

There have been human trials with elderberries that support the efficacy of elderberry for occasional seasonal irritations, and its ability to boost the immune system(3,4,5,6)

In a randomized double-blind clinical trial involving 312 air travelers, 200 mg/day of elderberry extract reduced respiratory issues of long-haul air travel, including dry sinuses(4).

Elderberry for cardiovascular health 

Flavonoids are nutrients derived from plants that help the body fight toxins and stress(9). A 2014 meta-analysis of available research showed that dietary flavonoid intake supports cardiovascular health (10)

Elderberries are rich in the flavonoid anthocyanin, and deliver this nutrient in a bioavailable form(11). Use of elderberry in conjunction withother heart-healthy strategies can support cardiovascular health.*

Elderberry for an antioxidant boost

Elderberry extracts are loaded with antioxidant compounds that help counteractoxidative stress (13). A research study in 2018 using elderberry extracts found that the antioxidants in the elderberry act at a cellular level to influence cell membranes(14). This type of activity is important for immune function and normal cell repair systems.*

What’s in a bottle of Physician’s Choice Elderberry Gummies?

Every dose of Physician’s Choice Elderberry Gummies (two gummies) is packed with immune-stimulating goodness.* Not only do you get 200 mg of black elderberry extract, you also get 400 mg of whole herb echinacea extract and 70 mg of vitamin C.

Echinaceahas been shown across multiple studies, including double-blind randomized trials, to have strong immune-boosting effects (15). Specifically, echinacea appears to influence various cells that react to foreign invaders, including the “natural killer cell” leukocytes, and changing the numbers and activities of T and B cells of the immune system(15).*

Vitamin C is used throughout the body for the growth and repair of tissues. As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C boosts the immune system and reduces damage in the body. As a result, many studies have shown it plays a role in supporting cardiovascular systems(16).*

Combined together in an easy to enjoy gummy,Physician’s Choice Elderberry Gummies provide a one-stop-shop of immune-boosting goodness. Taken at the first sign of bodily stress, elderberry gummies can help you bounce back into good health quickly and easily. Or try them consistently when you are traveling or exposed to undue stress to provide immune system support.*

What are the side effects of elderberry?

Although the consumption of fresh elderberries comes with nasty side effects and toxic reactions, such as nausea, vomiting and dizziness(1), elderberry extracts have been prepared to let you safely consume this powerful immune-boosting plant with little concern.* 

Elderberry extracts have been used for generations in traditional medicine and are not known to carry serious side effects from moderate consumption as a dietary supplement(18). However, women who may be pregnant or lactating should not take an Elderberry supplement. Anyone who may consider using this product should consult with their physician, and provide the full product label, before using elderberry products.

Who should not take Elderberry?

Short duration use of up to 10 days is considered safe even for children under the age of twelve(17). There are no studies on the long term impacts of daily use of elderberry by children. Make sure you show the product to your child’s pediatrician or health care provider before using elderberry.

Consult with your health care provider before using elderberry if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or thinking of becoming pregnant.

Are elderberry gummies right for you?

Stressed, tired, traveling or suffering from the changing seasons?  Elderberry is a must-have in your cupboard for a fast and effective immune boost.*

What all Physician’s Choice products offer

At Physician’s Choice, we believe in quality, purity and science-backed results. Our elderberry gummies, with echinacea and vitamin C, offer pure extracts and are manufactured right here in the United States. We third-party test all of our products to ensure they are delivering the safety and potency you deserve in a supplement. Visit ourabout page to learn more.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease

Sue Senger - Contributing Writer, Physician’s Choice