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Elderberry is a medicinal plant, used by many cultures through the centuries for its astounding health benefits. The ancient Egyptians used the berries to heal burns and aid the complexion, while the Native Americans used it to treat infections. 
Elderberry has also been used for centuries as a folk medicinal cure to relieve headaches, nerve pain, and dental pain. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, called elderberry “nature’s medicine chest,” with berries, bark, and leaves, each having powerful medicinal properties.
In modern times, the questions have become “How can it help me?” and “What is the easiest and best way to get it?”
The answer is more straightforward than you might imagine. But first, let’s review some background information on this wonderful, health-inducing berry.
Elderberries are the fruit of the Sambucus tree. The berries appear in umbrella-shaped clusters on trees or bushes across North America, Central America, and Europe. Over the centuries, the berries have been used by countless cultures in the preparation of syrups, wines, jellies, pies, and healing tinctures. 
The berries themselves have a sweet, tart taste that balances nicely with the earthy flavor. When you combine the nice flavor with the medicinal properties, it’s no wonder that this berry is a popular base for foods and drinks.
The secrets to elderberry’s benefits lie in the berry’s significant antioxidant and antiviral properties.  An in vivo (in a live organism) and in vitro (in glass) clinical trial supports the healing properties of elderberry to ward off or treat viral flu infections. The bioactive compounds in elderberry include:
With the known health benefits in mind, countless clinical trials have been done to test the efficacy of elderberry. The results have been quite incredible, including:
Research indicates that elderberry boosts the immune response in the body, staving off the symptoms of colds, flu, and other viruses. It does this in two ways:
A free radical is an oxygen molecule with an unpaired electron, which means it tends to “steal” electrons from other molecules. Free radicals can be useful in the body in fighting off pathogens, but they must be balanced with enough antioxidants to avoid an overload in your system.
This condition of an unbalance between free radicals and antioxidants is called oxidative stress, and this stress causes the free radicals to attack your cells in what is called lipid peroxidation. Lipid peroxidation damages the cell and begins a chain reaction of tissue damage. This unwanted process can trigger the onset of asthma, Parkinson’s disease, kidney damage, IBD, atherosclerosis, as well as many other diseases and health conditions. 
So, to summarize: Elderberry helps neutralize free radicals and avoid cellular damage that can cause severe illnesses and health conditions.
Elderberry has been found to loosen mucus so it can be expelled through coughing rather than becoming lodged in the lungs, which leads to the onset of pneumonia or bronchitis.
Long flights stress the respiratory system, with unhealthy air circulating throughout the plane cabin. As a result, many travelers develop a cold or upper respiratory symptoms after taking an international flight. A research study on air passengers found the duration of these symptoms was dramatically reduced in people who took an elderberry preparation. 
Scientific evidence supports that the chemicals in elderberries help to reduce the swelling in mucous membranes, sinuses, and relieve nasal congestion. 
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If you suffer chronic inflammation, chances are you’ve tried everything you could think of to make the pain go away.
The usual solutions people turn to include:
For most people, these solutions fail to provide consistent, long-term relief.
Medications provide short-term relief, special exercises help to some extent, but herbal remedies or supplements may not have worked as well as you hoped.
In today’s highly competitive economy, the new normal is for food manufacturers to use marketing ploys to make their products appear healthy – even when they aren’t.
Maltodextrin is one of the most common, hidden-in-plain-sight cons on the market today. It is glorified, processed sugar that masquerades as “carbs.”
It might sound unbelievable, but read the following quote from BellChem – a top US producer of maltodextrin:
“Maltodextrin is a complex carbohydrate that can be hundreds of sugar molecules in length, which is much larger than the simple carbohydrate arrangement of glucose. Many soft drinks and other flavored beverages contain maltodextrin in their formulas so that they can have a lower amount of sugar on their nutrition facts labels. On the nutrition label, maltodextrin is included under the “Total Carbohydrate” heading, instead of the “sugars” label.”
The Infantry Battalion that I am fortunate enough to command - 3-187 Infantry, the Iron Rakkasans - conducts an event each Spring called the Iron Warrior Challenge (IWC).
The IWC can be a single event or a series of events designed to test Soldiers physically and mentally. The purpose of this event is to link the currently serving Soldiers with those who previously served in the unit, and to remember those that have gone before us and all they endured in the service of our Great Nation. The event was started by GEN (retired) David Petraeus when he commanded the Iron Rakkasans in the early 90s, and has continued on ever since.