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It’s that time of year again, sniffles and coughs abound, so we thought we’d highlight one of our favorite seasonal products. Pukka’s Elderberry Syrup is a naturally sweet tasting combination of herbs renowned for their use in treating the respiratory system. Seasonal chills and fevers benefit from the immune supporting herbs in this delicious elixir. The anti-spasmodic qualities and expectorant action ease spasms whilst gently clearing mucus and catarrh from the respiratory tract and sinuses. Sore and irritated mucous membranes are soothed and lubricated easing both dry and productive coughs.
The Elder tree is considered to be a medicine chest by itself with all arial parts having therapeutic activity. Elderberries have a long traditional use as a base for combining healing herbs in a cough syrup. These colourful berries are rich in antioxidant vitamin C, flavonoids, anthocyanins and lignans and have anti-viral and anti-inflammatory activity. Elderberry actually works as an immuno-modulator, upgrading a poor immune response and also inhibiting pro-inflammatory cytokines and the influenza virus from causing respiratory distress. On entering the body, the flu virus forms tiny spikes, called hemaglutinins, which are laced with an enzyme called neuraminidase. The enzyme helps the virus to penetrate the cell membranes. Once in, the virus then starts to live in the cell, reproducing more viruses. Elderberry juice actually disarms the neuraminidase within 24 to 48 hours and prevents the virus from spreading, and so it is important to take the syrup at the first signs of any infection. Elderberries also strengthen cell membranes, further preventing penetration by the viral enzymes that can break down the cell walls, allowing them to invade and replicate themselves. Elderberries are slightly sour and cooling, helping the body to release heat, reduce fever and enhance the body’s natural cleansing and detoxifying activities. Remember, as immuno-modulators, they stimulate the immune system and have strong antiviral properties; in fact, Elderberry syrup has demonstrable antiviral activity effective against ten strains of influenza virus.
Pukka Elderberry Syrup contains: Elderberry Juice, Manuka Honey (Active 14+), Thyme Leaf, Aniseed, Licorice Root, Horseradish Root, Pippali Fruit, Black Pepper Seed and Ginger Root.
Did you know you can visit the Shop for free nutritional and health advice from our two fully qualified nutritionists Ursula and Janet? The advice is given on a first come first serve basis most days of the week, call the Shop on 0161 273 4878 to check availability.
Thanks to Pukka Herbs, Bristol for supplying the article.
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