Elderberry: More than a Cold Remedy
A popular natural remedy for preventing and treating colds and coughs, elderberry has been used medicinally to improve immune function since the 17th century. But recent research shows that it can also improve metabolism of sugars and starches, potentially helping to prevent type 2 diabetes. A Norwegian study of human muscle cells, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, found that elderberry enhances the uptake of sugars, which reduces the odds of elevated blood sugar that can lead to diabetes. Although the research is preliminary, it’s promising. Elderberry can be found in a variety of herbal tea blends. Hot or iced, these can be delicious alternatives to unhealthy sugary drinks such as sodas.