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How Elderberry Extract Boosts Immunity

At Well Theory, we strive to find and share natural ways you can live well – with better health, more mobility, less stress, and better overall wellness.

There are many ways you can improve your health. Every aspect of your lifestyle and habits affect all different areas of your well-being. From the amount of sleep you get to the food you eat, the amount of stress in your life, and more, all of these factors can impact your physical, emotional, mental, and even spiritual health.

One essential part of your physical health is your immune system. When your natural immune function suffers, you get sick more easily - which can have a domino effect on all other aspects of your health. This seems obvious, but for some reason, many forget the all-important role of our human immune system when fighting disease.

Many people are at a loss when they set out to improve their immune health. There are many ways you can boost immunity – through better sleep, regular exercise, etc. But sometimes, supplementation is not only necessary, but an excellent way to restore and support your body’s natural defenses.

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Elderberry (usually Sambucus nigra) is a natural supplement that has been used to fight off illness and ease cold and flu symptoms for many years. Elderberry can refer to several different varieties of the Sambucus tree, which is a flowering plant belonging to the Adoxaceae family. 

The tree flowers with small clusters of white or off-white flowers, and then produces dark blue or black berries in bunches.

These berries are very tart – generally, elderberry is cooked and available as a supplement as a processed juice, extract, or dehydrated supplement. As with most berries and other colorful fruits and vegetables, there are large amounts of beneficial anthocyanins within the skins.

Most of the plant has purported medicinal benefits. Historically, the flowers and leaves of the elderberry tree have been used for pain relief and to reduce inflammation. 

The berries of the elderberry tree are most well-known for their healing benefits. Elderberries have extremely high vitamin C content – and are rich in flavonols and anthocyanins.

Flavonols are antioxidant plant compounds often found in dark-colored fruits - it’s what gives elderberries their rich pigment. One of the main flavonols present in elderberries is quercetin. Quercetin is highly antioxidant - which means that it can neutralize free radicals, reducing oxidative stress and its corresponding inflammation.

How It Reduces Oxidative Stress

When you get sick, lack restful sleep, or have a poor diet, your body struggles to break down certain compounds fully – such as the oxygen you breathe. When oxygen molecules are broken down, free radicals are released – and as they scour through the body in search of molecules to pair with, they can damage cells and cause inflammation, exhaustion, headaches, and more.

Read More: 5 Signs Of Oxidative Stress

In addition to being a great source of antioxidants, quercetin has also been shown to help reduce inflammation, allergy symptoms, and blood pressure – giving your body the break it needs to restore vital immune function.

Because of this powerful ingredient and its high vitamin potency, elderberries have been shown to reduce the severity and length of flu-like symptoms when taken regularly. 

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In an animal study, elderberry polyphenols (phytochemicals like flavonols) have been shown to increase white blood cell counts. So, in addition to supporting immune health by inhibiting inflammation and oxidative stress that bogs down healthy immune function, elderberries have been shown to directly improve immune health. 

The Science Behind Our Herbal Immunity Defense Multivitamin

developed with elderberry extract & more

Elderberry is a powerful natural immunity booster – which is why we included it in our Herbal Immune Defense multivitamin.

Our multivitamin was developed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Meredith Warner with clean and potent ingredients like elderberry, Echinacea, Schisandra, and more – a unique blend of natural herbal remedies curated to give your body a fighting chance against illness, and promoting overall wellness.

This multi empowers your immune function through several key areas of health:

  • Immune Defense: formulated with powerful, natural ingredients to strengthen your immune system from the inside out, providing you with a shield against viruses and infection

  • Inflammation Support: equip your immune system with the tools needed to control inflammation-causing blood sugar and cholesterol levels

  • Oxidative Stress Reduction: detoxification of oxidation imbalance for pain relief, increased energy, and infection defense.

  • Antioxidant-Rich Formula: naturally packed with antioxidants to block free radicals and promote cardiovascular health.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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