Q: What is sambucus used for?
Sambucus, also known as elderberry, has been shown to have some antiviral activity and may benefit some people with colds and flus. Some studies have shown that it can help decrease the duration and severity of colds and flus compared with placebo.
Q: Who should not take elderberry?
People who are taking immunosuppressant medications should not take elderberry, since it may stimulate the immune system and counteract the prescribed medication’s usefulness.
Q: Can you take elderberry daily?
Yes, you can take a small amount of elderberry prophylactically, to help maintain a strong immune system. While elderberry may not keep all colds and flus away, if you do happen to get sick increasing the daily dosage may help reduce the duration and severity of the sickness.
Q: Does elderberry syrup really work?
Yes, in a randomized, double-bind placebo-controlled clinical trial
elderberry supplementation was found to reduce the duration and symptoms of a cold.