Elderberries are making headlines lately, but the truth is they’ve been a folk remedy for centuries. The Latin name for elderberries is sambucus nigra; it is also commonly known as black elderberry and North American elderberry. Elderberries contain organic pigments, tannin, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, sugar, rutin, viburnic acid, vitamins A and B and a large amount of vitamin C. Flavonoids, including quercetin, are believed to account for the therapeutic actions of the elderberry flowers and berries.
Elderberries and elderberry juice are thought to increase antioxidant activity, lower cholesterol, improve vision, boost the immune system and improve heart health. Many people also drink elderberry juice to help alleviate coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis.
Source: Herb Wisdom