Black Elderberry Extract by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals is the strongest Sambucus (Elderberry) product on the market by far. Elderberries are the fruit of the Sambucus tree. The most common type is the Sambucus nigra. The tree has clusters of small white or cream elderflowers and bunches of small black elderberries. Native Americans and European herbalists have long used elderberries for their range of health benefits. These include boosting the immune system to help the body fight off colds and other respiratory infections. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, referred to Elderberries as his nickname ‘medicine chest’ because of all the support they offered.
In the largest randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of Black Elderberries to date, an Elderberry Extract was tested in 312 healthy men and women in Australia. The participants were traveling on long-haul economy-class flights. Fatigue, poor immunity, and high stress often plague long-distance travelers. There are also greater risks of developing allergies and attracting viruses that create infections in the upper respiratory tract. But Elderberry did its thing, and the results showed great potential. The study found that those who took the Elderberry had a significant 57.6% lower average score in cold symptoms.
Also, the total days on which the black elderberry group had symptoms of cold episodes were significantly less (57 vs. 117), or 51.3% less and the outcome also showed the length of cold episodes in those taking extract was 29% or 2 days shorter. The severity of the symptoms were also 38% lower. The conclusions were that Elderberry showed great potential in reducing the effects of the common cold.