Flu cure found in the elderberry

A new flu remedy based on research into the black elderberry is being heralded as one of the most effective cures against the flu virus.

Sambucol elderberry extract is being launched in Europe after a series of clinical trials into the health-giving properties of the elderberry. The black strain of the elderberry has been proven to be effective against eight different strains of the flu virus, both Type A and Type B, as well as having an unusually high concentration of antioxidants.

Lab tests have pinpointed an active ingredient ‘antivirin’ which is found in proteins of the black elderberry. Research has shown how antivirin disarms the flu virus by preventing it from invading the membranes of healthy cells.

The black elderberry has been used as a natural remedy for common ailments such as coughs, colds and flu for hundreds of years but it is only recently that extensive research into the elderberry has been carried out.

Clinical trials on the elderberry took place in Israel in the middle of a flu epidemic in the 1990’s. Patients displaying full-blown flu symptoms were given elderberry extract and within 48 hours 75% of patients reported a clear improvement. Within 72 hours 90% of patients were symptom-free.

Subsequent research has also shown black elderberry extract to be effective against the Herpes simplex, HIV and Bird Flu virus.

Further details on the research into black elderberry and the flu can be found at www.blackelderberry.info

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