How does Elderberry work?

Elderberry might affect the immune system. Elderberry seems to have activity against viruses including the flu, and might reduce inflammation.

Are there safety concerns?

Taking an elderberry juice extract seems to be safe when used for up to five days. It's not known if taking elderberry juice extract is safe when used for long periods of time. The cooked elderberry fruit seems to be safe. But raw and unripe fruit might cause nausea, vomiting, or severe diarrhea.

Do not take elderberry if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have an auto-immune disease such as multiple sclerosis (MS), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), or rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

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