Some benefits of black elderberry syrup include potent antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant and anticancer effects. Other benefits include regulating fat and sugar, reducing phlegm and free radical activity, and lessening the duration of influenza A and B.
The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends black elderberry syrup for reduction of the severity and duration of flu or cold attack. The syrup helps the body rid itself of infection by increasing sweating and decreasing nasal congestion.
Black elderberry syrup helps in the treatment of bacterial infections such as those that cause stomach ulcers. Research indicates that the syrup inhibits several species of streptococcus, a bacteria responsible for respiratory infections.
Antioxidant properties of the syrup help fight cancer by preventing the oxidative damage that leads to cancer. It has been proven to inhibit metastasis and invasiveness of gallbladder cancer. Some proteins in the black elderberry syrup inactivate particular cell reproduction that cause cancer. The syrup's proteins are less toxic compared to proteins such as ricin, proving a better option for cancer prevention and treatment.
Ursolic acid, a compound in elderberries, reduces fat storage and helps regulate blood sugar. The syrup offers natural remedies to alter metabolism favorably, reducing the risk of diabetes, obesity, abdominal fat and body weight. Improved blood circulation helps lessen the risk of stroke and heart diseases.