As a parent, there’s nothing harder than seeing your child suffer, even if it’s from a simply cold. However, most parents these days are also wary of pumping their children full of drugs and harsh pharmaceuticals. Lucky for you, the health food industry has some solutions that not only work effectively, they taste good enough for even the pickiest child. One of these solutions is Sambucol.
What is Sambucol?
Sambucol is a cough and cold remedy that’s made from the berry of the Sambucus or elderberry plant. This sweet, delicious dark berry has been used for centuries to makes jams desserts and even wine. It also has many health properties.
The Benefits of Elderberries and Flowers
Elderberry plants are one of those ‘superfoods’ we’ve read so much about lately. Like camomile, the flowers heads are commonly used to brew a tea that has a calming affect and aids digestion. But, it’s the berry that’s the real star of the show. This dark miracle food looks like a cross between a blueberry and a small, black grape and packs an anti-oxidant punch.
Elderberries contain organic compounds that reduce inflammation and help eliminate toxins. This helps with everything from chronic respiratory problems to arthritis. It also contains natural fiber to relieve constipation and digestive issues, and it’s loaded with vitamins A, B, C and protein. In fact, one serving of elderberries will give you up to 40% of the USDA for fiber. Black elderberries also have trace minerals like iron, copper, phosphorous and potassium. Other health benefits of elderberries and flowers include include:
* Maintains cardio-vascular health
* Lowers blood pressure
* Stabilizes blood sugar to manage diabetes
* Promotes bone health and helps grow new bone tissue
* Lowers cholesterol
* Reduces the look of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots
* Help maintain a healthy weight
* Relieves cough and sore throats
How Does Sambucol Help Relieve Cold and Flu Symptoms?
Due to its anti-oxidant properties, Sambucol helps strengthen the immune system. Most Sambucol elixirs are made from an extract that maximizes the health properties of the fruit. In addition, many manufacturers add immunity-boosters like zinc and vitamin C. When used to produce a syrup, these ingredients coat sore throats, ease aches and help young bodies recover faster from common colds and flu. This natural medication is available in liquid form, as throat lozenges and in fun, delicious gummy shapes at health food stores and online.
Is it Safe?
Elderberry plants grow freely all over North America and Europe. Although it’s healthier in general to eat whole berries or use fresh flowers to make tea, some varieties of the elderberry plant are toxic. That’s why it’s safer to purchase the berries or buy products containing black elderberry rather than looking for them in the wild. Because Sambucol contains only certified, natural ingredients in measured amounts, it’s perfectly safe to give to children over the age of two.
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