Not all elderberries
are the same
Similar to vine grapes, there are several different species of black elderberry growing in different regions in the world.
The European black elderberry, also called Sambucus nigra with its variety `Haschberg`, is the most studied species of this plant. Its North American counterpart, Sambucus canadensis or Canada elderberry, is a different species. The two species have substantial morphological differences and their fruits show significantly different anthocyanin and polyphenol profiles, raising doubts about whether Canada elderberry delivers the positive health properties seen in clinical trials of its European sibling. As of 2020, three independent human clinical trials that tested elderberry against upper respiratory infections have been performed and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. All studies tested products from fruits of European elderberry Sambucus nigra. The results are in line with what has been observed for centuries in traditional medicine in Europe. A common observation was a significant reduction in symptoms and a reduction of illness duration. As these effects have not been tested with other elderberry species, it is important to use only fruits from European black elderberries when formulating a nutraceutical product.
ElderCraft® European black elderberry extract is made exclusively from Sambucus nigra and guarantees a standardized level of anthocyanins and polyphenols. Learn more about it here - because not all elderberries are the same.
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