Elder­berry: More than a Cold Rem­edy

Amazing Wellness - - AMAZING NEWS -

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.

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