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Elderberry Protects Against Influenza & Upper Respiratory Infections27-Jul-2011

A study designed to examine the effects of a standardised extract of black elderberry (Sambucus nigra L.) on three different Gram-positive bacteria and one Gram-negative bacteria responsible for upper respiratory tract infections, as well as two different strains of influenza virus, found that the Elderberry possessed antimicrobial activity against both Gram-positive bacteria of Streptococcus pyogenes and group C and G Streptococci as well as the Gram-negative bacteria Branhamella catarrhalis, and the human influenza viruses.

Greg’s Comments: That may sound very confusing but what the results of the study show is that Elderberry is very effective in preventing and treating cold’s, flu’s and upper respiratory tract infections. 

Reference:“Inhibitory activity of a standardized elderberry liquid extract against clinically-relevant human respiratory bacterial pathogens and influenza A and B viruses,” Krawitz C, Mraheil MA, et al, BMC Complement Altern Med, 2011 Feb 25; 11-16. (Address: Institute for Medical Microbiology, Justus-Liebig-University, Frankfurter Strasse 107, 35392 Giessen, Germany).