Elderberries have been used for centuries for their medicinal qualities. In fact, way back in 400 B.C., Hippocrates, known as the “Father of Medicine,” called the elder tree his medicine chest. Sales of elderberry soared to $276 million in 2020, five times the sales figure in 2018, due to COVID-19 and elderberry’s reputation for its disease-fighting and immune-boosting properties.
Elderberry extract prevents oxidative stress, stimulates the immune system, and can even lower blood pressure and blood sugar. According to Nutritional Outlook, supplementation with elderberry reduces the severity of symptoms in upper respiratory tract infections like colds and flu.