Sambucus is a genus of flowering plants in the family Adoxaceae. The different species of Sambucus arecommonly called elderberry or elder. The berries and flowers of the elder plant are used as medicine. …
Sambucus nigra is the full scientific name of the most common variety used for medicinal purposes. Sambucus nigra is the species on which the majority of scientific research has been conducted. It’s a deciduous tree growing up to 32 feet tall with cream-white flowers and blue-black berries.
Elderberry is a potent antiviral that is such a good immune booster that people with autoimmune diseases are actually warned not to use it because of its immune stimulating properties.
Studies have confirmed its effectiveness against both influenza A and B (a feat which the influenza shot seems to be incapable of), resistant and non-resistant staph infections, herpes simplex, and many others.
Elderberry has good, old-fashioned, published science to back it up. Natural Health 365reported:
The science is solid. For example, an Israeli double-blind study found that patients taking elderberry at the onset of flu-like symptoms saw improvement within 48 hours, as compared to those receiving a placebo who took 6 days to begin seeing improvement.
This fits in well with a similar Norwegian study that found that patients receiving elderberry began to recover four days earlier than those who received the placebo.
During a severe flu outbreak in Israel between 1992 and 1993, health practitioners achieved a perfect cure rate by giving patients black elderberry extract as soon as they began exhibiting symptoms. The study performed in Oslo, Norway, in 2002 reported very similar findings. In both studies, patients were cured within 48 hours.
In contrast, Tamiflu – an antiviral medication – usually takes around five days to cure people with the flu, while those who take no medication will usually start getting better after about six days. (Related: Elderberry trumps Tamiflu for flu remedy.)
Elderberry also has potent antioxidant, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, cleansing and mild laxative properties. It is also loaded with vitamin C, flavonoids and fruit acids. Its ability to induce profuse sweating also makes it an invaluable aid in naturally breaking a fever.
So, if winter colds and flu are starting to get you down, don’t despair. Curl up on the couch in front of the TV with a lovely hot cup of elderberry tea and let nature take care of the problem.
Maintaining good oral hygiene does not need expensive mouthwash or toothpaste. Instead, use lemons. Lemons and other citrus fruits have been associated with many health benefits, such as a lowered risk for gastrointestinal and esophageal cancer, and cardiovascular diseases. In a recent study, it was also revealed that the extract of the rind of lemon has potential protective effects against oral health problems.
Published in the journal Medicines, the study suggests that lemon rind extract may be used in protecting the oral cavity against oxidative and bacterial injuries.
The rind of lemons and other citrus fruits is commonly considered organic waste. However, citrus rinds are actually a great source of phenolic compounds that have been shown to possess anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties.
For the study, a team of researchers from Italy looked at the antioxidant and antibacterial effects of lemon rind extract. The research team obtained the extract of the rind of lemon by maceration in ethanol, evaporation, and freeze-drying. When they looked at the phytochemical profile of the extract, they found that its most abundant components were gallic acid, neohesperidin, eriocitrin, and neoeriocitrin.
The team also examined the effects of lemon rind extract on oral mucosa in vitro in keratinocytes. The oral cavity is always exposed to irritants and pathogens that can bring about local disorders linked to oxidative stress and microbial infections. In addition, periodontitis, caries, oral precancerosis, and gingivitis can enhance oxidative injury. They found that lemon rind extract prevented oxidative damage and cell death, as well as prevented bacterial growth.
Based on these findings, the research team concluded that lemon rind extract has potential benefits in protecting the oral cavity against oxidative and bacterial injuries.
Other health benefits of lemon rind
Whenever you make lemon juice, do not throw away the lemon peels or rinds. In addition to oral health, lemon rind offers the following health benefits:
It gives you vitamins: Lemon rind contains more vitamins than the juice itself. It contains five to 10 times more vitamin C, vitamin A, beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, and potassium than lemon juice.
It helps protect against cancer: Lemon rind can help the body eliminate carcinogenic substances. Lemon rind contains salvestrol Q40 and limonene, which are known to combat cancerous cells in the body. The flavonoids in the rind also help. Research has also shown that drinking hot tea with lemon peel can prevent the development of cancer cells.
It strengthens the bones: Lemon rind can also enhance bone health because of its calcium and vitamin C content. It can help prevent various bone conditions, such as osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory polyarthritis.
It helps lower cholesterol levels: Consuming lemon rind also has heart health benefits. Evidence shows that it can help lower the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol or “bad” cholesterol. This effect can be attributed to its polyphenol content. In addition, its vitamin C content helps in clearing the blood vessels, which, in turn, reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetic heart disease.