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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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One of the more popular recent voices on the subject promotes a plant-based diet in a big way: The Game Changers. This Netflix special proposes eliminating meat from your diet and replacing it with plant-based sources of protein and nutrition.
Having spent years as a vegan and understanding the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, I couldn’t help but agree with many of the points brought to light in the film.
As a medical doctor, I saw a fundamental flaw in his information: plant-based proteins do not contain enough of each essential amino acid for most of to provide their bodies the wherewithall to optimize body protein synthesis. This is a fact observed through my own experience, through the experience of my patients, and backed by scientific research.
You know that the cardiovascular system is responsible for pumping blood and oxygen throughout your system, right? And that the endocrine system manages hormones? And that your nervous system relays messages throughout your body?
Well, underlying all these systems is an astoundingly complex electrical system.
This electrical system is busy sending an almost uncountable number of messages to the muscles, bones, brain, and the cells. The human brain is the home to approximately 100 billion neurons, each firing about 200 times every second.
Sometimes it feels like there are more types and brands of water than drops in the ocean. You go to the grocery store and discover a huge shelf packed with different brands of water that all claim to be health-beneficial. Add in the hundreds of in-house water purifiers, and it can seem like a “sea” of confusing options (cue the pun).
Thankfully, your choice doesn’t have to be that complicated.