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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 founding fathers of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, is known for his statement: “knowledge is power.” We agree with this statement, which is why we devote so much time and effort to helping YOU gain the knowledge you need to achieve greater control of your overall health.
Today we’re going to discuss two of the most common, destructive conditions that the human body is subjected to: Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation.
And not only are we going to explain WHAT they are (in understandable terms), but we’re going to explain the hidden link between these two conditions and provide you with some effective, doctor-proven advice as to how to avoid and treat them.
According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from the CDC, approximately 40% of adults in the USA suffer from obesity, and this number has been on the rise over the last several decades. According to a recent study, obesity is the leading cause of preventable death in the USA.
When you put numbers to that, we are talking about over 70 million Americans – and another 99 million who are overweight, possibly on the path to becoming obese. Over $100 billion is spent each year on healthcare for obesity-related health conditions.
This is, by far, one of the most significant factors in American health today.
Physicians over thousands of years have observed a link between a patient’s mental state and how swiftly they recover. It is a long-standing axiom that people who are determined to get better and maintain a healthy frame of mind recover more quickly, with better results.
But what if we told you that it’s a two-way street? That specific health conditions can cause conditions like depression and anxiety?
In 1931, decades before the first antidepressant and antianxiety medications had been developed, a physician named Yaskin discovered that clinical depression is the earliest manifestation of pancreatic cancer. Further research demonstrated that patients who suffered from gastrointestinal malignancies carried the greatest risk of suicide – which was one of the first science-based flags indicating that the digestive system can have an impact on mental health.