Elderberry is one of the most commonly used medicinal plants in the world. Traditionally, Native Americans used it to treat infections, while the ancient Egyptians used it to improve their complexions and heal burns. It’s still gathered and used in folk medicine across many parts of Europe. Today, elderberry is most often taken as a supplement to treat cold and flu symptoms.
Elderberries are a low-calorie food packed with vitamin C, dietary fiber, and antioxidants in the form of phenolic acids, flavonols, and anthocyanins. Elderberry extract has been found to reduce the length and severity of symptoms caused by the influenza virus.
Elderberries may have some benefits for heart health, such as reducing cholesterol, uric acid, and blood sugar levels.
Elderberry is associated with many additional health benefits, such as fighting cancer and bacteria, immune support, UV protection, and diuretic effects. However, these claims have limited evidence, and further research is needed.