The Surprising Health Benefits Of Elderberry
A Natural Sinus And Allergy Aid
Due to elderberry’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant chemical compounds, it has proven to significantly help with sinus issues, such as infections and congestion, as well as allergy symptoms. A study done by the Institute of Complementary Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine at the University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland, analyzed the use of elderberry flowers in a sinus product. The product was used to treat bacterial sinusitis along with an antibiotic and a decongestant. Patients who took this combination did significantly better than taking an over-the-counter product alone or without elderberry present, leading researchers to believe the flowers of the elderberry in this study are an effective herbal allergy remedy and are what made the difference in relieving allergy and sinus symptoms.
Considering allergies involve an overreaction of the immune system resulting in inflammation, elderberry’s ability to improve the immune system and calm inflammation within the body can help provide allergy relief. Some herbalists believe the black elderflower is one of the most effective herbs used for treating hay fever symptoms, and can be used alone or in combination with other herbs. In addition to its allergy relieving tendencies, elderflower, the flower buds of the berry, is also believed to be a natural detoxification aid for improving liver function.
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