When it comes to seasonal support, two specific botanical extracts are a step above the rest.
One is the European black elderberry, a deep purple-black berry that contains compounds and substances that powerfully support immune and respiratory health.*
The other is Echinacea, a flowering plant in the daisy family that is native to North America. Its stems, leaves and flowers also contain valuable compounds that support a healthy immune response.*
Both have long, colorful histories of use for supporting health.*
While typically used separately, both elderberry and echinacea share some important qualities – and some that complement each other’s actions.
For example, both echinacea and elderberry contain health-promoting polysaccharides. Echinacea’s arabinogalactans and elderberry’s pectins (both polysaccharides) provide synergystic support for immune cell activity.*
With the combination of both botanicals, you receive “double-duty” benefits that support immune and respiratory health even better than by using each herb alone.*
That’s exactly what we did. We combined elderberry and echinacea extracts – and not just fruit concentrates – into a rich syrup for the ultimate in immune and respiratory health support.*
Why extracts and not fruit concentrates like what you find in most other products?
There’s a big difference between the two. Unlike other elderberry or echinacea syrups on the market made from concentrated juice, our Organic Elderberry Syrup with Echinacea is made from potent, concentrated extracts that contain more beneficial antioxidants per serving than other juice-based syrups.
Elderberry According to Hippocrates – “Nature’s Medicine Chest”
Native Americans and European herbalists have long respected elderberries for their unique health-promoting qualities.
Records of their use date back to medieval times. In 400 BC, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, referred to elderberry as “nature’s medicine chest.”
Research shows the European black elderberry offers broad immune support benefits along with extremely high antioxidant activity properties.
The berries and flowers of the elderberry are loaded with antioxidants, or anthocyanins, as well as flavonoids like quercetin, delphinidin and catechins. Elderberries contain nearly four times the anthocyanins as other commonly consumed berries.
Anthocyanins are a type of flavonoid, or the natural pigments that give fruits and vegetables their colors.
These pigments contain high concentrations of antioxidants.
The brighter or deeper the color, the higher the flavonoid concentration. Because of its deep, almost black color, elderberry is considered the “king.”
Research suggests that a higher consumption of anthocyanins is linked to an already healthy inflammatory response, optimal cardiovascular and cellular health, restored glucose tolerance and lower body weight.*
The anthocyanins in elderberry support not only immune health but also cardiovascular and cellular health. And when consumed with meals, they can help maintain healthy blood glucose levels.*
How Elderberry Supports Your Health Year-Round
Elderberry is best known for supporting respiratory and immune health, especially during seasonal challenges.*
A study of patients experiencing symptoms, like sniffling, coughing and acute headache for 48 hours or less, received a dose of elderberry multiple times a day for five days. Compared to the control group, symptoms were relieved, on average, four days earlier.
However, research suggests these purple-black berries may be valuable for far more than just immune and respiratory health.*
Elderberry is also known to:
- Promote a normal, healthy stress response.*
- Support performance, enabling longer, harder workouts.*
- Support cardiovascular health.*
- Promote healthy cellular aging.*
- Support an already healthy inflammatory response.*
Researchers believe elderberry supports levels of cytokines – or proteins that act as messengers in your immune system. Cytokines promote a sufficient and timely response to everyday threats, seasonal or otherwise.*
Because much of your immune system is located in your gut, elderberry may support immune function by nourishing your gut’s microbiome.*
How Elderberry Helps Protect Your Mitochondrial and Cardiovascular Health
Elderberry’s anthocyanins are well known for their ability to eliminate reactive oxygen species (ROS) that can damage your cells’ mitochondria.
By incorporating themselves into the outer membranes of your cells, these antioxidants protect your cells against the damaging effects of oxidative stress.
Anthocyanins also have a profound effect on your cardiovascular health. The endothelial cells that line your vascular system play a crucial role in blood flow regulation and overall vascular tone.
By promoting healthy, normal blood flow to your organs and skin, anthocyanins support healthy organ function and help prevent premature cellular aging.
Researchers also believe the anthocyanins in elderberry supports healthy HDL and LDL cholesterol levels already in the normal range.*
Anthocyanins are easily absorbed, too, and can cross your blood-brain barrier to benefit your eyes and brain.
One study with elderly women detected anthocyanins in both plasma and urine after just a single dose of an elderberry extract.
Elderberry also contains magnesium, an important mineral that plays a role in nerve and muscle function, immune function, bone health and energy production.
What to Look for When Buying an Elderberry Extract
Not all elderberry formulas are the same, as the effects of elderberry on your body depend on the species of the herb you use. Here are the questions to ask yourself when choosing an elderberry supplement:
- Is it made from fruit juice concentrate or a concentrated fruit extract?
A concentrated fruit extract will contain more health-promoting phytochemicals, such as the antioxidant-rich anthocyanins naturally found in elderberry.
- Does it contain added sweeteners or thickeners to give it a sweeter, syrupy texture?
Added sweeteners and thickeners not only add unnecessary sugars and calories, they can mislead you into thinking you’re getting a syrup chock full of beneficial, natural antioxidants when you may not.
- Is it made with Certified Organic elderberries?
When you choose Organic elderberries, you don’t need to worry about traces of pesticides, herbicides and genetically engineered ingredients.
- What species of elderberry is used – is it made from Sambucus nigra or another species?
Most of the research has been conducted on extracts of Sambucus nigra, or European black elderberry.
- Is the formula made from the whole fruit berries or another part of the plant?
The highest antioxidant content is found in the berries.
- How is it processed?
Certain processing methods yield greater amounts of immune–supporting phytonutrients than others.
- Is it made by a trusted manufacturer?
Make sure you’re getting what the label states – without contaminants.
Echinacea: From Its Early Days in the American Wilderness to Germany’s Favorite Immune Herb
Another time-tested fruit extract that’s essential for seasonal health is echinacea, also known as the American coneflower.
Native Americans, having used echinacea for hundreds of years for health before the arrival of early European settlers, first learned about the value of echinacea by observing elk roam the land. When wounded or sick, the animals naturally sought out the wild plant.
Earning the name “elk root,” echinacea became a go-to herb among tribal people, including the Sioux, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Pawnee and Lakota.
By the early 1800s, echinacea had become a favorite herbal remedy for American settlers, and its use spread to Europe.
The popularity of echinacea began to decline in the U.S. after the discovery of antibiotics. However, continuing research on echinacea in Germany sustained its popularity throughout the 20th century.
Echinacea remains a popular and powerful herb, with every part of the plant utilized for its nutritional value. It contains a wide variety of nutrients, including polysaccharides, flavonoids, polyphenols, vitamin C, selenium and zinc. It also contains a compound called echinacein, which can help support your immune response.*
However, there’s much confusion about echinacea, from the species of echinacea to whether the dried herb or fresh extract is best.
Let’s address these questions...
Navigating the Echinacea Maze
There are several different types of echinacea, and they differ in their composition, phytochemical makeup and ability to support immune and respiratory health. The three types include:
- Echinacea purpurea.
- Echinacea angustifolia.
- Echinacea pallida.
In its earlier years of popularity, Echinacea angustifolia was favored primarily for topical use.
A more recent review of 16 trials suggests Echinacea purpurea may be the preferred form for supporting immune and respiratory health.*
Many clinical trials, including one with 473 participants and another involving 755 study subjects, confirm Echinacea purpurea’s ability to support immune and respiratory health against seasonal threats.*
This type of echinacea especially offers support when immune function may be compromised due to stress, poor sleep and other factors.*
Not only is the variety of echinacea important for supporting immune health, but the part of the plant used and the method by which it is prepared are crucial as well.
Scientists have discovered that different parts of the echinacea plant have distinct properties – and not all parts are active in terms of their immune support.
Here are three key points about Echinacea purpurea that researchers have discovered:
- The parts of the herb growing above the soil, the stems, leaves and flowers – or the “aerial” parts – are where the “active” components that offer support against everyday threats are found.
- Fresh extracts or tinctures of echinacea herb contains 10 times more activity than equal amounts of the dried herb.
- Echinacea purpurea is considered safe for long-term use.*
How Echinacea Supports Your Body and Mind*
In addition to its ability to support immune and respiratory health, echinacea offers many other potential benefits, including supporting:
- Healthy cell growth.*
- Immune cell production.*
- An already healthy inflammatory response.*
- A calm, relaxed mood.*
- The normal production of secretions in the sinuses, mouth and throat.*
- Oral health and fresh breath.*
- Healthy, smooth skin.*
Echinacea supports the production of your body’s white blood cells – the front-line fighters that help protect you, and your healthy cells, from everyday stressors.
Echinacea contains a full array of nutrients, including polysaccharides, alkylamides, flavonoids, polyphenols, essential oils, and vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, selenium and zinc.
It works in your body at least two different ways – by directly acting against everyday threats and by influencing your immune system.*
When you are stressed or run down, you become more susceptible to threats, especially seasonal. Echinacea supports your body’s healthy response to these challenges.*
The alkylamides in echinacea play an important role in this immune support. Levels of alkylamide are higher in extracts made from fresh plants.*
What to Look for When Buying an Echinacea Extract
As we’ve seen, echinacea formulas also differ in how they support health. We’ve learned that different species offer different potential benefits.
Here’s what to consider when choosing an echinacea extract supplement:
- Is it made from a juice concentrate or a concentrated herbal extract?
A concentrated herbal extract will contain more health–promoting plant compounds, compared to one made from a juice concentrate.
- Does it contain added sweeteners or thickeners to give it a sweeter, syrupy texture?
Added sweeteners and thickeners not only add unnecessary sugars and calories, they can mislead you into thinking you’re getting a syrup chock full of beneficial ingredients when you may not.
- Is it made from Certified Organic echinacea?
By choosing Certified Organic echinacea, you don’t need to worry about traces of pesticides, herbicides and genetically engineered ingredients that could harm you.
- What species of echinacea is used – Echinacea purpurea or Echinacea angustifolia?
Research suggests Echinacea purpurea offers greater potential benefits for immune and respiratory health.*
- Is the formula made from the plant’s roots or aerial parts?
Important active components for immune support are found in the aerial parts, the parts of the plant above soil, and not the roots. Many formulas are made at least partially from the plant’s roots, which can limit its potential benefits.
Our Organic Elderberry Syrup With Echinacea Offers Double-Duty Immune Support for the Whole Family*
To provide you and your family with the benefits of both botanicals, we’ve combined these two exceptional fruit and plant extracts to create our delicious, fruit-flavored Organic Elderberry Syrup with Echinacea.
Organic Elderberry Syrup with Echinacea combines Organic European Black Elderberry and Organic Echinacea Extract in a fruit base of organic lemon juice concentrate, natural mandarin flavor and organic orange extract.
Here’s how our product compares to other syrups on the market:
- You know exactly how much concentrated extract of both botanicals you’re receiving. Each one teaspoon serving provides 3.8 grams of Organic Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) Fruit Extract and 75 mg of Organic Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) Aerial Parts Extract.
- Unlike some other syrups that contain added sweeteners and thickeners, our extract syrup has only 15 calories per serving.
- It’s made with real herbal extracts, and not plant or fruit juice concentrates, for optimal antioxidant and phytochemical benefits.*
- We use only glycerin and water to gently extract the water soluble antioxidant–rich anthocyanins in elderberry and beneficial plant phytochemicals in echinacea.
Best of all, our formula doesn’t need added sugar or other sweeteners, thanks to the extracts’ natural and organic flavors.
Stock up on Organic Elderberry Syrup With Echinacea for Year-Round, Immune Support*
With our Organic Elderberry Syrup with Echinacea, you have the fast-acting support you need to stay a step ahead of seasonal – and year-round – health challenges.*
Whether you’re heading out on a trip or just going to work or school, be prepared with Organic Elderberry Syrup with Echinacea to help you live your life with confidence and support.*
This combination of Organic Elderberry and Organic Echinacea Extracts offers even more than just immune support. This powerful duo also supports:
- A normal health stress response.*
- Healthy cellular aging and cell growth.*
- An already healthy inflammatory response.*
- A healthy mucus membrane barrier in your nose, sinuses, throat and bronchial passages.*
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