For centuries, elderberries have been used for everything from topical wound care to treating infections. There’s evidence of its use tracing back thousands of years in ancient Native American, Greek, Egyptian, and European societies.
To this day, we still use this powerful plant to keep us healthy. Today, it’s far more common to see it as an immune system aid.
CBD is also an emerging tool used to reduce stress, ease aches and pains, and address symptoms of depression. Could these two staples in the wellness sphere be a powerful dynamic duo?
How Does the Immune System Work?
Made up of a network of organs, cells, and proteins, the immune system is tasked with helping keep the body healthy. It fights foreign germs, environmental toxins, and diseases such as cancer. White blood cells detect these foreign bodies known as antigens and work to neutralize the threat.
Each time the immune system encounters a threat, it learns how to defend itself better against it the next time around. This is how vaccines work. It delivers a small sample of a virus so your white blood cells can catalog it and be better equipped to fight off it if and when it encounters said virus.
Allergies, infections, certain medications, and health conditions can all weaken the immune system. But there are plenty of ways to strengthen it too such as…
- Avoiding tobacco use
- Eating nutritious foods
- Staying active
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Practicing good personal hygiene
- Practicing relaxation techniques
- Taking supplements
What is Elderberry?
Elderberries come from the Sambucus, or elder, tree. There are many varieties found around the world. The type you’re likely to find on the shelves of your local drug store is black elderberries (or European elderberries). In the culinary world, black elderberries are often used to make syrup or cordial for cocktails. They must be cooked before they are consumed.
One cup (145 gm) of elderberries contains roughly:
- 106 calories
- 27 gm carbs
- 1 gm protein
- .75 gm fat
- 10 gm fiber
- 116 gm water
- 0 gm sugars
This powerful berry is packed with vitamin C, calcium, and beta carotene. In combination with the naturally-occurring antioxidants, elderberries are a great option to support the immune response and ease inflammation.
Research is still emerging but there are promising results that prove elderberry extract shortens the duration of the flu by four days when compared to a placebo. And while some trials didn’t note shortened bouts of sickness, they did find that the symptoms during a sickness were less severe.
So What is the Benefit of Taking CBD and Elderberry Together?
Elderberry and CBD can potentially team up to have a powerful effect on the body.
CBD interacts with something in our bodies called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). It’s tasked with regulating homeostasis. Functions such as appetite, sleep, and relaxation are all associated with the ECS. Studies suggest that this system also plays a part in the day-to-day function of your immune system.
Since CBD can bolster and strengthen the capability of the ECS, it makes sense that it could play a part in improving the immune system too. CBD is known to elicit a relaxing effect and the immune system thrives when we’re relaxed. This is yet another way it can potentially benefit the immune system.
Since both CBD and elderberries are tied to immune systems health, it’s not a stretch to say that together they could be the perfect tool to help you stay healthy all year long. Of course, it’s important to note that more research is needed on both plant compounds before we can definitely confirm their effectiveness apart and together.
Try it For Yourself!
If you’re looking to supercharge your immune system, CBD + elderberry products might help you get there. Plenty Wellness offers a smattering of products that contain both of these compounds. Try it for yourself and see how this powerful plant duo can potentially benefit you!
This single-serving stick of small-batch artisan honey is infused with CBD extracted from Colorado-grown hemp and elderberry. The hemp, honey, and natural herbal support create a symphony of wellness within the body and mind.
Look no further if you’re looking to gain a great night's sleep. Each gummie contains 25mg of CBD and 5mg of CBN. The entire gummy is infused with the healing essence of elderberry. Each packet contains 20 gummies.