The plants have always been used to preserve human welfare and health, and in many cultures are still used for the treatment of various diseases and pains. The methods of use and fields of application of the plants in the field of medicine, moreover, are different but in this article, we will know better the black elderberry and its properties, to better face the winter and stay away from the ills of the season.
The winter, in fact, is a particularly good time to reflect on how the elderberries can play an important role in the treatment of flu and cough, given also the many discussions and outlets of different antibiotics on location: these, we know well they have saved and saved the lives of millions of people, but often we abuse of their use, especially in minor cases, when symptoms and pains do not raise concerns, which would have to resort to medication.
The use of antibiotics in winter is too high, also for the ease with which they are prescribed. In many cases, they are hired to upper respiratory tract infections, although most of the times cough and influenza are caused by viruses.
Some plants, tested over time and within reach, however, can help cure seasonal ailments without having to resort to antibiotics and the black elderberry is one of them.
The elderberry plant has been used over the centuries in Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa as a folk remedy for health, but only recently modern medicine has recognized the healing properties : the elder is now considered a good complement to herbal medicines.
The elderberries play an important role because they defend and strengthen the immune system, helping us to spend the winter without the typical this season ailments. Black elderberry is an autumn fruit and berries are produced from its flowers: they are rich in anti-viral and anti-inflammatory components, including vitamin C, anthocyanins, flavonoids and lignans. These compounds are such that the elder present interesting immune-modulating properties. The research, inter alia, has shown that this plant can disable different influenza virus strains, as well as accelerating the recovery time.
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How do the elderberries
The influenza virus hemagglutinin spikes form small calls, which are linked to an enzyme called neuraminidase: this enzyme enables the virus to penetrate the cell membrane in our lungs. The black elderberry off neuraminidase, thus helping the organsmo:
- To prevent the proliferation of the virus;
- To avoid the dreaded pain from flu.
An interesting study of people with early symptoms of influenza has shown that, after using the black elderberry extract, 20% of patients showed a significant improvement within 24 hours, 70% within 48 hours, and 90% healed completely after three days. Patients treated with placebo, however, they needed six days for complete recovery.
Another advantage of the elder, compared to antibiotics, is that sometimes these last generate side effects, while the elderberry plant this presents no contraindication.
Elderberries also produces elderberry syrup, sweet and thick, crimson color, which helps to soothe irritated mucous membranes and coughing. Its anti-spasmodic properties, coupled with an expectorant action, facilitate the treatment of painful spasms and expel phlegm from the respiratory tract.
The next time you seem to hear your flu symptoms, try the black elder, recommended especially for those who have a weak immune system.