I trust Natural Factors. Taking this for my immune system. What I like about this brand, is the need to take only 1 capsule per day. With other brands, you have to take more than one. This makes it more convenient. Since taking elderberry over the last few years, I have yet to get a cold or flu. So I am hoping this continues!
Main ingredient is an extract from European Black Elderberry which is a proprietary active blend of natural fruit anthocyanins, polysaccharides, and berry micronutrients achieved through a unique solvent-free extraction process. I like it because they are sourced from Austria directly from the farmers who nurture and harvest the crops. Elderberries are very nutrient-dense and have been used for hundreds of years for their many health benefits, including supporting the immune and respiratory systems. A Great Immune Booster supplement which can be taken with vitamin c and zinc.
I love this supplement and use it for it's high anti oxidant levels to support my immune system. I rarely ever do get a cold and firmly believe in the benefits of natural supplements over conventional medicine. Food, exercise and herbs should be our medicine, not drugs. A healthy immune system will boost healthy activity in all your organs and keep you from getting ill.
Dietary Supplement Immune Support Standardized Extract European Sourced Hand Harvested ElderCraft® European Black Elderberry Extract is a proprietary active blend of natural fruit anthocyanins, polysaccharides, and berry micronutrients achieved through a unique solvent-free extraction process. ElderCraft® elderberries are sourced from Austria directly from the farmers who nurture and harvest the crops. Elderberries are very nutrient-dense and have been used for hundreds of years for their many health benefits, including supporting the immune and respiratory systems.
I love the Natural Factors brand and feel that they are a trusted company using quality, tested ingredients. Their Black Elderberry capsules are a nice, small size and they must work because despite being a teacher working in a 4th grade germ factory, I've not caught a cold, Covid, flu, or other respiratory virus in years. Yes, years. Knock on wood! (I do get frequent sinusitis though, so that's a bummer!). I would recommend you try this for immune support, especially if you're in a stressed job position, which does lower your immunity. I hope you see the benefits that I have with adding this to my fall/winter regimen.
Black elderberries are among the top three fruits for anthocyanin content, second only to black chokeberries. What are anthocyanins? They are the most important of the 6 subclasses of flavonoids/bioflavonoids (the biggest family (60%) of thousands of plant micronutrients called polyphenols). They are predominantly found in red, purple, blue berries/grapes, and have powerful antioxidative properties. For comparison purpose, 100mg of whole dry fruit powder (10:1) - not an extract - contains, approx. about 0.4mg of anthocyanins. 100mg of NF's elderberry extract (64:1), on the other hand, contains 14mg while still able to preserve and retain the original phytonutrient fruit matrix of the whole berry (the original taste, flavor and aroma)! The major health benefits of elderberry? For antioxidant and immune support; eye and brain health; and they keep your hair and skin healthy as well. I have no doubt about Natural Factor's quality ingredient but the bottle cover doesn't "snap" tightly, unfortunately.
The label says "immune support'' and that is just right. Elderberry is well known, potent herb with major anti-viral properties. It also can lower blood sugar. These softgels are really helpful when you have cold or flu, but I recommend using it with Vitamin C after the meal. The quality is great, but four stars because the amount of Elderberry extract of 100mg seems low. The smell is nice.
Took it off and on for about 6 months while working at a school where kids were sick all the time, and I didn't get sick once. I'm not sure if that is a coincidence, though. I think this would be a fine addition to anyone's immune arsenal but of course always do your due diligence before taking anything. Like if this helps you
I’ve been a fan of elderberry forever! We had those bushes growing at home. Us kids picked the berries and mom made jelly & pancake syrup. We were healthy!!! The big concern for these is they only benefit if cooked. High quality elderberries are in demand because the ingredients need to be excellent supplement to not only enrich our supplement diet but to be pure & natural
I can't say for sure, but I took this when I was around kids every day for 8 plus hours a day (took several softgels a day) for about 6 months during a very stressful time and didn't come down with the flu or cold or anything even though part of that time was during winter when I usually come down with something. Can't be sure if I can attribute that to elderberry, but I appreciated having this as a preventative. Like if this helped you in some way.