Elderberries have become a popular supplement for adults and children alike, with claims that it boosts the immune system and provides other health benefits.
But is this superfood as safe as it seems?
Let’s take a closer look at the potential side effects of elderberry supplements, recommended dosages, and which groups should avoid taking them altogether.
What are Elderberry Supplements?
Elderberry is a berry derived from the European black elder tree. It has been used medicinally since ancient times, especially to treat cold and flu symptoms.
Today, many people use elderberry syrup, gummies, tablets, and capsules as dietary supplements to boost their immunity.
Research suggests that compounds in the fruit may help reduce inflammation, fight off infections, and even slow down tumor growth.
Side Effects & Recommended Dosage
There are few documented side effects of elderberry supplements; however, some people may experience stomach pain after taking them.
Additionally, some products contain ingredients such as sweeteners or preservatives that can cause adverse reactions in those with sensitivities or allergies to these substances.
As for dosage recommendations for adults and children alike — generally speaking — one teaspoon of syrup or four gummies per day should suffice. However, you should always follow the instructions on the product label for the best results.
Lastly, please be aware that if you do take too much elderberry at once you may experience nausea or diarrhea.
Who Should Not Take Elderberry Supplements?
Elderberries are generally considered safe for most healthy adults.
However, there are certain groups who should not take them without consulting with their healthcare practitioner first: pregnant women (due to their ability to stimulate uterine contractions), nursing mothers (the safety data is still inconclusive), those who suffer from auto-immune disorders (as it might worsen symptoms), diabetics (as it might lower one’s blood sugar levels) and those who are taking prescription medications (it could lead to drug interactions).
That is not to say that any (or all) of these groups cannot take Elderberry supplements, only that they should talk to their healthcare professional beforehand.
As you can see from our brief overview of elderberries it is a superfood indeed! They possess numerous benefits but also come with certain risks when taken improperly or by those in vulnerable population groups.
That being said we still believe that most healthy adults can benefit immensely from incorporating this incredible superfood into their daily regimen…just don’t forget to always check with your doctor first!
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