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Elderberry wine is well known across the world because of its properties to strengthen the immune system, cure and prevent cold and flu. Elderberry wine is made from elderberry plants, native to subtropical regions of Northern and Southern hemisphere. Europeans are using elderberry wine as a natural remedy, since the 17th century. Long before that, in the ancient civilization of Egypt, they used the elderberry plant and flowers to heal burns.

Health benefits of elderberry wine

Elderberries are loaded with vitamins, especially vitamin A, B and C, they are potent in amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, anthocyanins, quercetin, rutin, tannin, and viburnic acid. Flavonoids from elderberry wine are powerful antioxidants able to fight against free radicals and prevent the damage to the cell structure. Regular intake of food rich in antioxidants is a key to prevention of many hazardous health conditions, such as cancer.

Perhaps the most beneficial feature of elderberry wine is to boost the immune system and thus regulate the immune response of the body. This way, an organism will be more alert in fighting off bacteria, viruses and infections. Treatment with elderberry wine may significantly shorten the course of the illness and reveal the unpleasant symptoms of cold and flu. Flavonoids found in elderberry wine poses powerful anti-viral properties, but another compound of elderberry wine, called lectin, may be able to hold back replication of particular strains of viruses in the body.

Elderberry wine may also lower the levels of bad cholesterol in the body and thus improve the cardiovascular health. Regular intake of elderberry wine may help to prevent many coronary diseases.

Other health benefits include positive effects in treatment of cough, congestion, asthma, tonsillitis and inflammation of the urinary tract and the bladder.

Nutritional value of elderberries

One serving of raw elderberries equals 100 grams. One cup has approximately 145 grams. One serving size contains approximately 73 calories. One serving is enough to satisfy 60% of recommended daily value for Vitamin C. Elderberries contain more vitamin C than any other herb except for black currants and rosehips.Vitamin A: 600 I.U. Vitamin B: Thiamine 0.07 mg.Riboflavin 0.06 mg: Niacin 0.5 mg.Vitamin C: 36mg.Protein: 2.6 gmCalories: 72Fat: 0.5 gm.Carbohydrates: 16.4 gm.Calcium: 38 gm.Iron: 1.6 mg.Phosphorus: 28 mg.Elderberry side-effects

Elderberry is most commonly used as a food substitute in the form of tablets, capsules, extract or tinctures. It is highly advisable to use a commercially prepared product and avoid any possible side-effects. Large doses of elderberry juice contain sambunigrin, a chemical that may provoke diarrhea. Unprocessed berries may cause nausea and vomiting. Elderberry bark, leaves, seeds and fruit are far more toxic, because they contain elements of cyanide.

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