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By Donald Shrump | In Fitness, Health, News, Nutrition | on October 26, 2015

Flu season is coming stacked with the 2nd strongest El Nino in recorded history, so it is going to be a dozy of a Winter season this 2015/2016.  Is your immune system ready for possibly the most snow ever, flip-flopping warmer than normal temperatures followed by freezing Arctic blasts, and the good old pharma companies might get it the flu vaccine all wrong again.

I got the best supplement backed by solid science and a deep history of effectiveness.  Don’t just take something because someone says so, say what I say “Show me the research!”

BLACK ELDERBERRY (Sambucus nigra L.)

In 400 BC, Hippocrates referred to the elder tree as his “medicine chest.” Other noted classical healers, including Theophrastus, Dioscorides and Galen, regarded the elder as one of nature’s greatest healing plants. The herbalist Hildegard von Bingen in the 12th century, and the physician and author, Dr. Martin Blochwich in the 17th century, continued to discover elderberry’s virtues. Prior to antibiotics, elderberry was found as one of the main ingredients in many preparations used by herbalists, pharmacists, and physicians. Today, elderberry is employed as an alternative to conventional medicines and mainly in the form of an extract for treating the common cold, influenza and Herpes virus infections.


The European black elderberries are rich dietary flavonols, quercetin-3-glucoside and quercetin-3-ruti-noside, and a number of anthocyanins: a group of phenolic compounds responsible for the attractive red, purple, and violet colors of many fruits, flowers, vegetables, and also elderberries. The anthocyanins of elderberries were identified as cyanidin-3-sambubioside-5-glucoside, cyanidin-3,5-diglucoside, cyanidin-3-sambubioside, cyanidin-3-glucoside, cyanidin-3-rutinoside, pelargonidin-3-glucoside, and pelargonidin-3-sambubioside. The anthocyanins of elderberries are bioactive and able to enhance antioxidant status of healthy humans.

Influenza virus (IV) infections cause seasonal epidemics and have the potential to become pandemic. Only a few medications are approved for use in the treatment of influenza A and B virus infections while they act directly and specifically against influenza viruses, the problem with these medications is that drug-resistance can develop relatively quickly.  Vaccines decrease your odds of contracting the viruses, but each year it is hit or miss.  2014 was a big swing and miss, with 5.4% effectiveness of preventing hospitalizations from influenza. Because of this, there is an urgent need for new and more broadly based anti-influenza medications won’t miss.

Researchers have shown that a standardized elderberry liquid extract displays antimicrobial effects against the Gram-positive bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes and group C and G Streptococci, and the Gram-negative bacterium Branhamella catarrhalis, which often cause infections of the upper respiratory tract (URI’s).  The research also proved that Black elderberry liquid extract is also very effective for most influenza viruses, unlike last year’s vaccine, so start your dose of black elderberry extract today.  Prevent the flu and most colds with just a few drops or ounces of elderberry extract depending on the concentration you get.  Below is what I use for myself. (1-8)




  1. Christensen KB, Petersen RK, Kristiansen K, Christensen LP. Identification of bioactive compounds from flowers of black elder (Sambucus nigra L.) that activate the human peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) gamma. Phytotherapy research : PTR. 2010;24 Suppl 2:S129-32.
  2. Schmitzer V, Veberic R, Slatnar A, Stampar F. Elderberry (Sambucus nigra L.) wine: a product rich in health promoting compounds. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry. 2010;58(18):10143-6.
  3. Kinoshita E, Hayashi K, Katayama H, Hayashi T, Obata A. Anti-influenza virus effects of elderberry juice and its fractions. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2012;76(9):1633-8.
  4. Han YY, Liu HY, Han DJ, Zong XC, Zhang SQ, Chen YQ. Role of glycosylation in the anticancer activity of antibacterial peptides against breast cancer cells. Biochemical pharmacology. 2013;86(9):1254-62.
  5. Mikulic-Petkovsek M, Schmitzer V, Slatnar A, Todorovic B, Veberic R, Stampar F, et al. Investigation of anthocyanin profile of four elderberry species and interspecific hybrids. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry. 2014;62(24):5573-80.
  6. Mandrone M, Lorenzi B, Maggio A, La Mantia T, Scordino M, Bruno M, et al. Polyphenols pattern and correlation with antioxidant activities of berries extracts from four different populations of Sicilian Sambucus nigra L. Natural product research. 2014;28(16):1246-53.
  7. Badescu M, Badulescu O, Badescu L, Ciocoiu M. Effects of Sambucus nigra and Aronia melanocarpa extracts on immune system disorders within diabetes mellitus. Pharmaceutical biology. 2015;53(4):533-9.
  8. Song JY, Lee JS, Wie S-H, Kim HY, Lee J, Seo YB, et al. Prospective Cohort Study on the Effectiveness of Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccines in Preventing Pneumonia Development and Hospitalization. Clinical and Vaccine Immunology : CVI. 2015;22(2):229-34.