| Erin Stokes |
If you had to choose one herb to support your immune health throughout the winter, what would it be?
When I reflect on the best all around “go to” herb to help myself and my family thrive through the long winter season, Elderberry is top of the list. As both a student and practitioner of herbal medicine for over 20 years, it’s admittedly hard to pick favorites in the plant world. Yet, in the immune category, Elderberry is my hands down favorite.
A Bit of Berry History
Why? A glance at the history of Elderberry reveals that I’m not alone in my love for this incredible plant. In fact, Hippocrates himself referred to Elderberry as his “medicine chest.” Elderberry has been widely used in Europe for hundreds of years to support optimal immune health, particularly during the fall and winter seasons.* The dark purple berries are a source of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are a type of flavonoid also found in other deeply pigmented fruits such as blueberries, raspberries and bilberries. Indeed, it appears to be the berries that hold the power for this plant, particularly when it comes to supporting immune health.*
A blend of bonuses
One of the best characteristics of Elderberry is that it is safe for children, when taken at the right potency for the right age. Kids Daily Immune Nutrient Booster Powder™ takes the guesswork out of how to give Elderberry to kids by providing a kid (over age 5) appropriate amount along with other synergistic herbs such as Astragalus Root and Echinacea, all included to strengthen a healthy immune response.* A big bonus, especially during cold winter months, this powdered blend includes organic oranges, blueberries and cranberries to provide natural phytonutrients and additional antioxidant protection.
Even better: as a parent, you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to get your son or daughter to actually take this. It tastes good! My 11 year old, who actually seems to be getting a bit more picky as he gets older, happily drinks a morning smoothie with a scoop of Kids Daily Immune Nutrient Booster Powder™ added.
Adults are welcome
Elderberry isn’t just for kids, though. In fact, it packs a potent punch of immune support for the whole family, and while you’re welcome to sneak a scoop of Kids Daily Immune in your morning smoothie, we also have some adult-dose formulas made just for you.
For a daily approach to seasonal wellness, our Elderberry Immune Support* Gummy, formulated for adults, are a delicious, enjoyable way to routinely support of your immune system. In more intense times, when you need a little more muscle, Acute Defense™ blends powerful elderberry with botanicals like echinacea and andrographis. This formula is intended to be taken three times a day, for up to five days, to kick what’s coming before it kicks in.
Listen to learn
If the idea of using Elderberry, echinacea and andrographis to support your wellness this winter leaves you intrigued, you might enjoy Episode 20 of our podcast: Three immune supportive herbs to have on hand this winter.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.