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Can elderberry concentrate really work for your health?

Can elderberry concentrate really work for your health?

It can: A standardized elderberry concentrate (sambuchol, made from sambuchus nigra) inhibited replication of parainfluenza type a & b: http://tinyurl.com/le3y9ua and http://tinyurl.Com/m2jp8dv it may act against other respiratory pathogens as well. http://tinyurl.com/a9lxf8k studies of cardiovascular risk markers have so far not shown effect, despite high anthocyanins. http://tinyurl.com/lz7fs9m. ...Read more

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Is there any interactions between elderberry and congaplex for kids?

Is there any interactions between elderberry and congaplex for kids?

No: I don't have any direct experience, but from what I've been able to find there are no interactions between the two and should be okay. ...Read more

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Can elderberry work when used for flu symptoms?

Can elderberry work when used for flu symptoms?

It can help!: A standardized elderberry concentrate (sambuchol) inhibited replication of parainfluenza type a & b: http://tinyurl.com/le3y9ua and http://tinyurl.Com/m2jp8dv it may act against other respiratory pathogens as well. http://tinyurl.com/a9lxf8k in another study, flu symptoms were relieved in 4 days less when using 15ml elderberry syrup 4 times/day: http://tinyurl.Com/m2jp8dv. ...Read more

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Have you ever tried using elderberry to lessen flu symptoms?

Have you ever tried using elderberry to lessen flu symptoms?

It can help!: A standardized elderberry concentrate (sambuchol) inhibited replication of parainfluenza type a & b: http://tinyurl.com/le3y9ua and http://tinyurl.Com/m2jp8dv it may act against other respiratory pathogens as well. http://tinyurl.com/a9lxf8k in another study, flu symptoms were relieved in 4 days less when using 15ml elderberry syrup 4 times/day: http://tinyurl.Com/m2jp8dv. ...Read more

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I give my 7 yr old son sambucus(elderberry) from the health store for coughs. Is this a good practice?

I give my 7 yr old son sambucus(elderberry) from the health store for coughs. Is this a good practice?

Sambucus: You should not give your child anything from health food store without consulting your pediatrician. Although sambucus has been used by many for a remedy for cold, cough amd flu, we dont know the dose for a seven year old child and what long term side effects it may have. All the studies done have been done outside of us and by the companies who produce and market this product. ...Read more

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Can elderberry syrup be effective in boosting immune system in a 7yr old?

Can elderberry syrup be effective in boosting immune system in a 7yr old?

Small Studies: I did find this study regarding elderberry extract. http://www.inl.asia/resources-main-navigation-bar/three-scientific-papers-on-sambucol-elderberry-extract-and-the-flu Preliminary data is promising, however we need more research. That said, it is inexpensive, and not likely to cause harm. Also get Flumist now and keep up with a varied diet of fruits and veggies. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give my 7yr old elderberry syrup everyday for immune support?

Is it safe to give my 7yr old elderberry syrup everyday for immune support?

Not For Daily Use: The extract from berries of the elderberry plant is used to enhance the immune system. This is a homeopathic treatment which might reduce symptoms caused by colds & flu if started within 24 hrs of onset. Recommended use is 3 days for children. Safety of long term use not established. Is not safe if leaves, stems, raw fruit consumed. Would not recommend use beyond 3 days in a child. ...Read more

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Is elderberry syrup safe and effective for children to take for immune support?

Is elderberry syrup safe and effective for children to take for immune support?

Maybe: There Are claims of antiviral properties but no good evidence based studies. And the manufacturing practices of some of the alternative medicines can be of poor quality. The best way to boost your child's immunity is through good nutrition, adequate rest and exercise, frequent hand washing and timely vaccinations. ...Read more

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Is elderberry safe during pregnancy?

Is elderberry safe during pregnancy?

Elderberry: There aren't enough studies to reliably answer. One study reviewing side effects in pregnant women using botanical supplements, showed 1 woman taking elderberry had GI distress -- out of 150 general surveys completed. http://tinyurl.com/m5q9g37 use of a combination product containing elderberry showed no increase in fetal malformations: http://tinyurl.Com/mkqss5n be safe and avoid for now. ...Read more

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