Elderberry extract is a remarkable herb for fighting the flu (see vol. 13, No.3 of The Natural Path). Studies show how well it works (J Alt Comp Med 1995; J International Med Res 2004; Online Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics 2009). Elderberry works its antiviral magic by boosting the immune system and, especially, by stopping viruses from entering into your cells, which stops the virus from replicating (J Alt Comp Med 1995). Elderberry is effective against several strains of influenza. So, could it work against H1N1?

An in vitro study has just found that elderberry extract inhibits H1N1 infection. The study did not look at the virus in a person yet: just in the laboratory. The researchers found that flavonoids in elderberry bind to H1N1 and block its ability to infect host cells. They say that the ability of elderberry flavonoids to inhibit H1N1 infection compares favourably to antiviral drugs like Tamiflu.

  • Phytochemistry 2009;70:1255-1261

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