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Learn About Black Elderberry and Sambucol

One of the very latest power remedies is Sambucol that helps to support your body's immune system through the high antioxidant levels that it contains. Sambucol remedies preserve and maximise the natural health benefits of the Black Elderberry that is known for its healing qualities. Sambucol remedies are also well known for helping to maintaining a healthy immune system because it contains added Antivirin, Zinc and Vitamin C.

Although Sambucol is a rich, healing remedy it is always best to fully understand the product, consult your doctor, and find out “Does Sambucol Work for you”, and if yes, how can you best use it. Following is information on this very question: Does Sambucol Work? In order to best understand that, you must also understand the roots of Sambucol and where it comes from.

The elderberries that give Sambucol its unique properties have been carefully sourced to ensure that they are of the highest quality, thus maximising the natural benefits of the berries. The unique formulation and extraction process also preserves and maximises this naturally occurring health benefit. Sambucol is produced from whole black elderberries and has the equivalent of up to 1000 black elderberries in every 120ml bottle. Elderberries have been used for centuries to cure countless ailments from the flu and fever to colds and colic.

What Are The Traditional Uses Of Elderberry?

Details of the uses of elderberry have been recorded since ancient times, as far back as the writings of Hippocrates, Dioscorides and Pliny the Elder. The berries have long been used for making preserves, wines, winter cordials and for adding flavour and colour to other wines. These uses are based on the elderberries antioxidant properties. Through these actions elderberry can help to support the immune system.

More recently, elderberry has been used as dietary supplements and used in natural health products containing extracts of the berries.

What Is Sambucol?

Sambucol Black Elderberry Extract helps support the immune system to help you and your family stay healthy. Sambucol is made from black elderberries which have twice the natural antioxidant capacity of blueberries and more than 50% the overall antioxidant capability of cranberries.

Antioxidants support the immune system by helping neutralise the harmful effect of free radicals. Sambucol has been developed by scientists and is recommended by experts.

Sambucol has a unique formulation and extraction process which preserves and maximises the naturally occurring health benefits of the berry.

How Does Sambucol Work?

Studies have shown that elderberries are unusually rich in the phytochemicals known as flavonoids and among all fruits, elderberries are the most concentrated source of anthocyanins. These anthocyanins are found in the purple pigment of black elderberries. Research has shown that the anthocyanins in black elderberry can boost the production of cytokines, the proteins that act as messengers within the immune system, and thereby serve to enhance the body’s immune response. Sambucol products contain extracts of black elderberry. Therefore, Sambucol is a rich source of anthocyanins which have been shown to help maintain the body’s immune system.

What Evidence Is Available To Support Sambucol?

Sambucus nigra or the black elderberry is a plant native to Europe, Northern Africa and parts of Asia. The flowers and berries have a long history of use as well as the berries being used to make wines and cordials. The black elderberry, due to the dark pigmentation of its fruit, contains high concentrations of the flavonoid group of antioxidants called anthocyanins. It is these natural antioxidants that give the elderberry its purple pigment. This means that the fruit of the black elderberry have powerful antioxidant capabilities.

Studies looking at the antioxidant activity of many types of fruits, including the black elderberry have shown that the total antioxidative capacity of the elderberry was higher than that of the blackcurrant, gooseberry, cranberry, blueberry and redcurrant Due to the amount of stress that modern society places on our bodies, it may be beneficial to take an antioxidant supplement to help maintain the Immune System.

Dietary supplements containing extracts from the black elderberry have long been used across the world. Supplements are available in many forms including expressed juice, teas, syrup and lozenges.


Does the Sambucol range of products contain artificial sweeteners?

Sambucol Original, Sambucol Immune Defence and Sambucol for Children syrups do not contain artificial sweetners. Sambucol Sugar Free contains sorbitol.

Does the Sambucol Range of products contain artificial flavours?


Are the Sambucol products dairy free?

All the products in the Sambucol product range are considered dairy free.

Are the Sambucol products gluten free?

Yes the Sambucol range of products are gluten free.

Are the Sambucol Range of products kosher?

Currently all products from the Sambucol range are considered kosher.

Are the Sambucol products suitable for use by vegetarians?

None of the ingredients used in the products in the Sambucol Liquid range contain any ingredients derived from animal origin. The products are therefore suitable for use by vegetarians. The Shell of the Sambucol Gel Capsules are made from Gelatine (Bovine origin) so may not be suitable for vegetarians.

Should I take Sambucol before or after meals?

There is no evidence to suggest whether Sambucol should be taken before or after food. Given that Sambucol is extracted from the berries of the black elder, some people may find it preferable to take after food.

Are there any possible interactions between Sambucol and other substances?

No interactions between black elderberry and other medications were identified from the published worldwide literature. As with all medical conditions, the patient should check with a healthcare professional before using any other supplements or medications.

Can Sambucol be used as part of the recommended ‘5 a day’ portions of fruit and vegetables?

Information available from the Food Standards Agency and current Government guidelines on healthy eating, indicate that Sambucol products cannot count as part of the recommended ‘5 a day’ portions of fruit and vegetables. This is based on the fact that only 100% fruit juices are allowed to be part of your 5 a day.