Elderberry Immune Elixir8 Reviews
- A super-concentrated elderberry extract syrup, famous as a delicious remedy for building immunity
- Contains a whopping 6400mg of active elderberry per serving
- SUGAR-FREE thanks to a base of vegetable glycerin rather than honey or agave
- Safe for daily use for the whole family (including kids!)
- A delicious immune booster
- Perfect for cold & flu season
- 6400mg elderberry per serving
- Safe for kids
Black elderberries have a rich history in the world of herbal medicine as a must-have for supporting the immune system during cold and flu season.
Although it has been a staple in herbalist’s medicine cabinets for centuries, elderberry syrup specifically rose to fame across the world after a 2009 study was released demonstrating its ability to effectively inhibit the H1N1 strain of the flu (Roschek, et.al., 2009). This came as no surprise, since elderberries support the immune system and recovery process in several different ways.
First and foremost, elderberries are considered “immune-stimulating,” meaning they tell your immune soldiers that “it’s time to get to work right now!” This is different from medicinal mushrooms in my ImmuneShroom formula, which is more of an “immune-modulating” blend that brings the immune response up or down as needed. For this reason, elderberry syrup is best consumed at the very first sign of illness or just after a known exposure to someone who is sick. If you are someone with a very weak immune system who catches every bug that goes around, it can also be taken in small daily doses preventatively during the entirety of cold and flu season or during times of increased exposure (such as holiday or airplane travel).
Second, research shows that elderberries have an additional benefit of inhibiting viral replication (Kinoshita, et.al., 2012). In one Norwegian study, 60 patients were given elderberry syrup within the first 48 hours of developing flu symptoms. This included patients with both type A and type B influenza. The patients receiving elderberry were over the flu virus within an average of 4 fewer days than those with placebo. (Zakay-Rones, et al, 2004).
Elderberry syrup must be extracted by hot water decoction in order to deactivate any irritating glycosides in the berries through the use of heat. When thoroughly cooked down in hot water, you get the most potent and 100% safe end product that is suitable for kids and adults alike. We cook the berries for several hours in a steam jacketed kettle and then press the berries to maximize extraction. Then we reduce it down enough to make room to add in the vegetable glycerin base (derived from organic palm so it’s corn, soy and gmo-free).
We chose vegetable glycerin for our Elderberry Immune Elixir over honey or agave for several reasons:
- Vegetable glycerin has a delicate sweetness but contains no sugar and therefore makes our elderberry syrup completely sugar-free and safe for diabetics. Inclusivity is always our top priority which is why most of our tinctures use glycerin instead of alcohol as well; many people prefer not to consume it for religious or personal reasons.
- Vegetable glycerin naturally preserves the elderberry syrup without the requirement of refrigeration. Most honey or agave-based syrups must be refrigerated after opening, which makes traveling tricky. Our elderberry syrup travels just as easily as our tinctures do… just pop it in your bag and go!
- While honey or agave-based syrups taste great, I find that the sugar adds up very quickly when you’re taking a therapeutic dose of 4-6 teaspoons per day at the first sign of illness. Elderberry is meant to be high-dosed when you’re exposed to a bug, and I don’t like consuming that much sugar in a day especially when my body is fighting something. That’s why I had to make my own with glycerin – it still tastes great but is more aligned with my diet and lifestyle.
Our Elderberry Immune Elixir is highly concentrated (with 6400mg of active plant medicine in every serving) but is still safe for the whole family, including children. It’s nourishing, building, and starts working right away. We press every last berry to maximize extraction, only use organic berries, and never add sugar or artificial flavors. It’s as natural and pure as you can get.
HOW TO USE (ADULTS): Take 2 teaspoons every 3 hours at the first sign of a virus invasion. For daily prevention throughout cold and flu season, take 2 teaspoons per day.
HOW TO USE (KIDS): The adult dosage is based on a 150lb person. Childrens’ dosages will also depend on weight. If the child is ~75lbs, you would use half the adult dose. If the child is ~35lbs, you would use a quarter of the adult dosage.
Roschek, B., Fink, R. C., McMichael, M. D., Li, D., & Alberte, R. S. (2009). Elderberry flavonoids bind to and prevent H1N1 infection in vitro. Phytochemistry, 70(10), 1255-1261.
Kinoshita, E., Hayashi, K., Katayama, H., Hayashi, T., & Obata, A. (2012). Anti-influenza virus effects of elderberry juice and its fractions. Bioscience, biotechnology, and biochemistry, 76(9), 1633-1638.
Zakay-Rones, Z., Thom, E., Wollan, T., & Wadstein, J. (2004). Randomized study of the efficacy and safety of oral elderberry extract in the treatment of influenza A and B virus infections.Journal of International Medical Research, 32(2), 132-140.
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Organic Elderberry Fruit – Elderberries are an incredible immune-boosting food that can be taken as medicine at the first sign of illness. Elderberries rose to worldwide fame in 2009 when a study was released demonstrating its ability to effectively inhibit the H1N1 strain of the flu (Roschek, et.al., 2009). Research reveals that elderberries work by inhibiting viral replication, so they are best consumed at the very first sign of illness or just after a known exposure to someone who is sick (Kinoshita, et.al., 2012). In one Norwegian study, 60 patients were given elderberry syrup within the first 48 hours of developing flu symptoms. This included patients with both type A and type B influenza. The patients receiving elderberry were over the flu virus within an average of 4 fewer days than those with placebo. (Zakay-Rones, et al, 2004).
I went through a bottle of this stuff earlier this year. Everyone at my office was getting sick and I simply was not. I normally get sick easily…. like SO easily, but I truly believe that this was my secret weapon and protected me from everybody’s germs/sickness. When I ran out… the syrup was out of stock so I couldn’t order more. I haven’t been able to use it since the first bottle was used up, and unfortunately I have gotten a minor cold and an annoying cough. I’m ordering more of this now because I truly think it was what was keeping me from getting a cold/flu while everyone I spend hours with every day was. Also gonna try out the herbaltussin and throat spray. Excited! Definitely try this syrup though… it works.
What can I say. This Elderberry Syrup is hands down the best I have ever had. I love that there is no added sugar and no extra stuff. This works wonders especially during cold & flu season. When I feel the first sign of a cold, I immediately grab this bottle and take my dosage through out the day. The next day, I am like new again. Thank you Olivia. 🙂
I cannot thank Olivia enough! I have a 5 year old that has asthma and he has coughing fits for hours at nighttime during extreme weather changes. Sometimes it takes me diffusing eucalyptus oil all night with warm towels on his chest to melt his phlegm. After coughing for 30 min straight I have him 1/2 tspn of herbal tussin and it stopped immediately!!!! He slept the entire night. My little guy struggles with this all the time and I am so happy to have found a natural way that stops his cough so abruptly. Cannot thank you enough. <3
I’ve been taking elderberry for a few years when it’s flu season but even though the brand I had was organic , they still added extra sugars and a couple other things that just aren’t needed for a super health syrup. When I found Olivia was making her own elderberry , it was no question in my head that I would be buying this. With this and the occosial pumps of the Aloe and Enechia throat spray, I have not gotten sick at all this season. I work with animals at a vet clinic and boarding kennel and sickness from the staff is in high numbers this time of the year. I have not gotten sick at all thanks to her product!
This stuff is gold in a bottle! It has saved me 4xs when I started having an itchy throat. Everything else from the drugstore upsets my stomach. Thank you olivia for creating a wonderful product!
Me too I will take anything Olivia creates haha. She literally has all of my trust. I was listening to medical medium podcasts who recommend elderberry syrup for UTI’s as its high in vitamin c and after browsing on the web for some I wasn’t keen on the added sugars to it. THEN of course Olivia comes to the rescue and releases her immunity collection Hallelujah right on!!!
This elderberry is the real deal. I got over a cold in 2 days. I took this 4x a day when I needed extra support. It really works.
I will drink anything Olivia creates honestly LOL, but this stuff is liquid gold. After pouring some on a spoon- I didn’t expect to like the taste at all due to the thick black blob staring back at me..but it was surprisingly delicious. Almost like grape jelly but a little stronger and a bit more tart. I was feeling sick after excercising outside in the cold- but felt 100% better the next morning. Thank you so much Olivia for your time and dedication to your products.