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Treating Flu Symptoms with Elderberry Syrup

Posted at 1:11 PM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 14:11:21-05

How about fighting the flu with a berry?

Some people swear by Elderberry Syrup, saying it boosts their immune system and helps them get over the cold and flu faster.

However, we found it comes with a serious health risk if you don't do your research.

With the berries straight from her backyard.

"We've got about 16 acres around here."

Lisa Teubel says Elderberry Syrup is a staple in her house during cold and flu season.

"I work in a hospital and I haven't been sick in 5 years."

Elderberry has to be cooked because research shows the raw berry, and its stems, can make you nauseous if not properly prepared.

Lisa says, "I also harvest the berries right away and throw away the stems. I know exactly what I'm doing."

But some people don't, so Doctor Elizabeth Bradley says be sure to buy elderberry from a trusted source rather than trying to make it yourself.

"It can cause some kind of poisoning, the diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, so I recommend finding a good source. Look on the FDA's website. Look for sources with less sugar, because they do tend to put more sugar in it to make it more palatable," says Dr. Bradley.

But keep in mind, it's not a substitute for proper prevention.

"No, no, you definitely want to have your flu shot, its just good to have as a backup," says Dr. Bradley.

A backup Doctor Bradley uses herself.

"I have taken it and I have a bottle at home and I recently had a friend who had influenza and the first thing I told her was go to the doctor and take Elderberry Syrup."

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