“Anthocyanin pigments and other phenolic compounds function metabolically and/or ecologically in these fruits by providing a wide range of protective functions against predators or environmental stress and by serving as feeding attractants for birds or other seed dispersal agents.
When included in the human diet, they exhibit a wide range of antioxidant protection and therapeutic benefits including reduced risk of coronary heart disease, reduced risk of stroke, anticarcinogenic activity, improved visual acuity, and improved cognitive behavior.” (11)
In laboratory studies, elderberry has been shown to arrest influenza (flu) virus replication and increase antibodies that are part of our natural immunity. (12) Consumption of elderberry extract has been found to staunch cold symptoms and shorten their duration. (13) Not only that but elderberry is a natural detoxifier that helps to reduce inflammation of mucous membranes and remove phlegm, which prevents toxins from gathering in the gut and entering the bloodstream. You can find a recipe for elderberry syrup here.