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Powerful Benefits of Elderberries

There are two species of elderberry commonly grown in gardens and landscapes: the American elderberry and the European elderberry. American elderberry is native to New Hampshire and can be found growing in moist soils at forest or wetland edges. The flowers and and berries of these plants are packed with antioxidants and vitamins, which may boost your immune system.

The dark blue color is the result of anthocyanins, a flavonoid or phytonutrient which is found only in plants. Plants with these colorful pigments have long been valued in herbal medicine for their numerous health benefits, and elderberries have been used to fight off cold and flu. Loading up on these, along with cannabidiol obtained from the hemp plant, will offer a powerful and natural blend to arm your body with wide ranging protective properties.

In a 2009 laboratory study reported in Phytochemistry, elderberry anthocyanins were found to bind to H1N1 swine flu virus, blocking its ability to infect host cells. The researchers noted the elderberry anthocyanins acted in a way similar to that of the pharmaceutical drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu). (1)

In a 2010 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers found that blueberry supplementation improves memory in older adults. Adults with early memory changes who were given wild blueberry juice for 12 weeks were found to have improved memory skills, as well as lower glucose levels and reduced depressive symptoms. Along with the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of blueberry anthocyanins, the researchers noted that, “anthocyanins have been associated with increased neuronal signaling in brain centers, mediating memory function as well as improved glucose disposal, benefits that would be expected to mitigate neurodegeneration.” (2)

These are just two of numerous studies conducted on the powerful benefits of elderberry extract. Hempward Farms now offers elderberry extract packed into a delicious CBD gummy! Each gummy provides 10mg CBD plus 50mg Elderberry extract. They are easy to take and are an excellent way to give yourself a daily supplement to help improve your immune system.

(1) Roschek B Jr, Fink RC, McMichael MD, Li D, Alberte RS. Elderberry flavonoids bind to and prevent H1N1 infection in vitro. Phytochemistry. 2009 Jul;70(10):1255-61.

(2) Persson IA, Persson K, et al. Effect of Vaccinum myrtillus and its polyphenols on angiotensin-converting enzyme activity in human endothelial cells. J Agric Food Chem. 2009 Jun 10;57(11):4626-9.

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