The Little-Known Black Elderberry Is "Berry" Good For Your Health; Clinically-Proven To Support Immune Function

Nottingham, UK (PRWEB) November 19, 2008 — It’s been widely known and touted that certain berries are high in antioxidants, thought to help boost the immune system and help fight off infectious diseases and viruses. The latest to make news is black elderberry, which has twice the natural antioxidant capacity of blueberries and almost twice that of cranberries, according to the Dept. of Agriculture’s ORAC rating (oxygen radical absorbance capacity).

Even better, you won’t have to go berry picking to get this boost to your immune system now that Sambucol black elderberry dietary supplement is widely available in the U.S. Sambucol is the original black elderberry that was tested in published clinical trials and is made from a unique black elderberry extract — originally formulated by a virologist — with a higher antioxidant capacity than most other fruits. Sambucol dietary supplements are produced from whole black elderberries and have the equivalent of up to 1,000 black elderberries in every 120 ml/4-ounce bottle and are manufactured using the same part of the plant, which has an impact on the consistency in quality and efficacy.

Here are some additional little-known facts about black elderberry:

  • Throughout history, black elderberry has been used to treat colds, flu, fever, burns, cuts and more than 70 other maladies, from toothache to the plague. The medicinal benefits of the berry can be traced back to prehistoric times. Evidence of this use has been seen in Stone Age villages located at sites in Italy and Switzerland. Recipes were also discovered that showed black elderberry use in Ancient Egypt.

  • The black elderberry, otherwise known as Sambucus nigra L, is a small shrub or bush that is native to most of Europe, northwest Africa and southwest Asia. It typically grows in areas that receive a lot of sunlight and can grow both in wet and dry fertile areas.

  • In modern times, black elderberry has been used as a dietary supplement to help boost the immune system. Sambucol Black Elderberry is the original elderberry product sold in stores in more than 15 countries that has been researched and tested in published clinical trials showing it to help support the immune system. Sambucol’s unique formulation and extraction process preserves and maximizes the naturally occurring health benefits of the berry.

  • The Sambucol line of products is now widely available nationwide at major retailers, including health food stores, including Vitamin Shoppe, pharmacy chains, including Rite Aid, Walgreens and CVS, independent drug stores, and online at Go to for complete store availability and more information about the health benefits of black elderberry.

Note to Media:
For more information or to set up an interview with Claire Wheeler, M.D., an integrative health expert who has recommended Sambucol black elderberry to her patients for many years, contact Rachahd Tosado at Robin Leedy & Associates, (914) 241-0086 ext. 15. Visit the Sambucol online newsroom at


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