Sambucol is a powerful natural extract made from elderberry, a plant long known for its remarkable ability to cure colds and flu. What is so exciting about Sambucol is its extraordinary success at inactivating viruses. Proven antiviral compounds are rare, especially natural ones.
Sambucol was tested on actual patients during the massive Israeli flu epidemic of 1992-93. The results were spectacular. Within 24 hours, 20% of patients all had dramatic improvements in their symptoms. By the second day, 73% were improved. By day three, the figure jumped to 90%. If Sambucol is taken at the first sign of flu, the problem should disappear within 24 to 48 hours.
Research shows that Sambucol works by intercepting the viruses before they penetrate healthy cells. It has been used on 7 different strains of new influenza viruses and proved effective on each one.
Elderberry is rich in Vitamin C and the bioflavonoid quercetin, both of which are powerful antioxidants and anti-histamine nutrients. It also helps to reduce mast cell histamine response and reduce mucosa inflammation.
Although viruses can not be treated with antibiotics, which are effective only against bacteria, the body's immune system has many natural defenses against virus infections. Infected cells produce interferons and other cytokines (soluble components that are largely responsible for regulating the immune response to viruses), which can signal adjacent uninfected cells to mount their defenses, enabling uninfected cells to impair virus replication. Elderberry stimulates favorable cytokine production. [Eur Cytokine Netw 2001 Apr-Jun; 12(2): pp.290-6]