Today we look at the elderberry a nutritional powerhouse and one of the 21 super fruits – foods in the Freelife Jule of the Orient Jiaogulan tonic.
Elderberries have been used to make syrups, marmalades, and even marshmallows. However, we will find out that the nutritional value of elderberries is pretty amazing. Just one more super fruit that shows why Jule of the Orient tonic truly is such an outstanding super food product.
Elderberries happen to grow in clusters on a large shrub and are native to the temperate-to-subtropical regions of both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.
Black elderberries, have been traditionally used as a laxative, diuretic, cleansing tonic and for nutritional support for the respiratory and digestive tracts. They are also known to provide an energy boost to the body.
The nutritional value of the elderberry fruit is quite extensive.
Elderberries contain Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin C,
Protein (in the form of lectin), fats, calcium, and carbohydrates for energy, iron and phosphorus. Elderberry contains ursolic and oleanolic acids which assists with the body’s normal response to inflammation.
Research has shown the elderberry provides immune system support.
The flavonoids found in elderberries include anthocyanins, probably the most powerful antioxidants known to mankind for preventing free radical cell damage caused by poor diet, environmental pollution and stress. In addition elderberry juice can also help improve vision, especially night vision.
Don’t ever eat uncooked berries as they contain toxins that can cause nausea and vomiting. Also only use purple, black, and blue berries and avoid the red ones.
Classical Greek healers were very impressed with the elderberry and considered it as one of the best known healing plants found on this earth.