THE AMAZING ELDERBERRY
Native Americans and early North American settlers were well acquainted with the medicinal uses of elderberry, and for good reason: these tiny berries are an excellent source of essential vitamins A, C & E, anthocyanins (potent flavonoid antioxidants), and other beneficial nutrients.
Elderberry is perhaps best known for its immune-boosting properties and ability to minimize duration and severity of viral illnesses, but its benefits don’t stop there...
COUNTERACTING OXIDATIVE STRESS
As an antioxidant powerhouse, elderberry may also help neutralize free radicals, protecting the body from oxidative stress that can lead to numerous diseases.
Oxidative stress occurs when an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants exists in the body. This imbalance can cause damage to tissues and organs, and ultimately lead to health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, neurodegenerative disease, cancer, and inflammatory conditions.
A WEALTH OF ANTIOXIDANTS
Avoiding all exposure to free radicals is impossible, but healthy habits related to lifestyle, exercise, and diet can minimize the effects of oxidative stress on our bodies. Increasing one's intake of antioxidants is a great place to start, and elderberries are one of the best available sources.