Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra) is native to Europe but grows throughout the Western World as well as Asia and parts of Africa.
Our tincture is extracted with organic cane alcohol which is then boiled off (as much as possible while retaining potency) and then organic glycerin is added.
Most tinctures on the market are extracted by non-organic grain based alcohol (many from GMO corn ethanol). While Supreme Nutrition Products has never done a tincture before, the demand for a few antimicrobials for small children has made us decide to make this. The product obviously can also be used for adults.
Elderberry is most well-known for its antiviral activity. Studies in Israel have shown that is can deactivate certain spike proteins making the virus unable to enter cells. This has made it effective again different strains of influenza, herpes, and HIV. Because of its mechanism of action, it should be efficacious against most strains of in- fluenza. In one double blinded, placebo controlled study, those who took elderberry within the first 48 hours of having influenza like symptoms recovered on average 4 days earlier vs those given a placebo. It has also shown effective against most upper respiratory infections. Many people also use it prophylactically as a preventative against many viruses. Studies have shown using it before and after airplane travel helped reduce the severity of cold like symptoms as well as the average cold duration by 2 days.
Elderberry also has significant anti-oxidant activity, especially in preventing damage to the circulatory system from reactive oxygen species. It also may be helpful in preventing osteoporosis.
Folk medicine uses of elderberry include for conditions such as diabetes, constipation, sore throat, sciatica, eczema, and measles. It also acts as a blood cleanser, spring tonic, anti-inflammatory, and immune stimulant. While working as an immune stimulant, there is no evidence of it overstimulating the immune system.
Dosage: 10-30 drops 3 times daily depending on weight.