The plant known as Sambucus produces the elderberry, also called elderflower or simply elder. This berry has many medicinal purposes. The raw berry is made up of 80 percent water and can be found mostly in Europe, North America, and Australia. Because the berries are sharp and sweet, they are popular for syrups, jellies, desserts and more. One of the things people should be careful about is the toxicity in elderberries. It is essential to cook them before eating them to avoid ingesting cyanide, which can build over a long time of consumption and become deadly. Despite this, elderberries are also full of benefits. They are naturally high in vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron, vitamin A, potassium and other nutrients. Over time, they have come to be known as a cure-all and are nicknamed "the medicine chest of country people." Elderberry can be consumed in many forms such as juice, syrup, jelly, or spray. Outside of its natural form, it can be purchased as a powder, liquid or capsule.
Elderberry has a profound advantage over other fruits and vegetables when it is being used for fiber: You can receive more than 40 percent of the daily requirement in one serving. People have used it to assist with constipation, relieve gas and improve gastrointestinal health. Another important benefit is the efficiency elderberry creates in the gut. When you consume it, you can receive more nutrients from your food.
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