Synergy of two plants to a strong immune system
Although they are usually used separately – both elderberry and echinacea have their own special qualities, but in many ways they complement each other. Both contain health-promoting polysaccharides.
Arabinogalactans in echinacea and pectins in elderberry (both polysaccharides) provide synergistic support as proven immune cell activity. Combining both herbs provides dual benefits that support immune and respiratory health better than using each herb separately.
Elderberry and Echinacea support the production of white blood cells – the frontline fighters, which help protect healthy cells from everyday external invaders.
Health benefits of elderberry
Records of the use of elderberry date back to the Middle Ages, but even Hippocrates, the father of medicine, called elderberry a “natural doctor”.
The berries and flowers are full of anthocyanins and flavonoids, such as quercetin, delphinidin and catechin. Elderberries contain almost four times more anthocyanin than other berries that are consumed today.
Anthocyanins are a type of flavonoid, a natural pigment that gives fruits and vegetables their dark color. These pigments contain high concentrations of antioxidants. The darker the color, the higher the concentration of flavonoids, so elderberry, due to its dark, almost black color, is one of the strongest antioxidants.
Research shows that higher amounts of anthocyanins are associated with a healthy inflammatory response, optimal cardiovascular health, and glucose tolerance and lower body weight.
Elderberry anthocyanins are well known for their ability to eliminate reactive oxygen species (ROS), which can damage cell mitochondria. By incorporating themselves into the outer membranes of cells, these antioxidants form a protection against oxidative stress.
Anthocyanins also have a profound effect on cardiovascular health. Endothelial cells lining the vascular system play a key role in blood flow regulation and overall vascular tone. By promoting healthy, normal blood flow, anthocyanins support healthy organ function and help prevent premature cellular aging.
Scientists also believe that the anthocyanins in elderberries support healthy HDL and LDL cholesterol levels that are already in the normal range. Anthocyanins are also easily absorbed and can cross the blood-brain barrier to support eye and brain function.
Elderberry is best known for supporting the immune health of the respiratory system, especially during seasonal challenges.
However, research shows that these purple-black berries may be valuable for much more than immune and respiratory health.
Elderberry is also known for:
- It promotes a normal, healthy response to stress
- It enables longer and harder training sessions
- It supports the health of the heart and blood vessels
- Promotes healthy cellular aging
- It supports an already healthy inflammatory response
Scientists believe that elderberries support the level of cytokines – or proteins that act as messengers in the immune system. Cytokines stimulate a timely response to daily threats, whether seasonal or otherwise.
Since most of the immune system resides in the gut, elderberries can support immune function by nurturing the gut microbiome.
Health benefits of echinacea
Echinacea has been a popular plant for years, and every part of it is used for certain nutritional values. It contains a number of nutrients, including polysaccharides, flavonoids, polyphenols, vitamin C, selenium and zinc. It also contains a compound called echinacein , which has been shown to help support the immune response.
There are several types of echinacea, but Echinacea purpurea has deservedly been the most popular for many years.
This type of echinacea especially offers support when immune function may be compromised due to stress, viruses or bacteria, poor sleep and other factors.
Not only is the type of echinacea important in supporting immune health, but the parts of the plant used and the way they are prepared are also crucial.
Scientists have discovered that different parts of the Echinacea plant have different properties and that not all parts are active in terms of their immune support. It’s known that:
- The parts of the plant that grow above the ground, the stems, leaves and flowers – or “aerial” parts – are where the “active” components that support immune health are found
- Fresh extracts or tinctures contain 10 times more activity than the same amount of dried plant
- Echinacea purpurea is considered safe for long-term use
In addition to its ability to support immune and respiratory health, Echinacea offers many other potential benefits, including:
- Normal secretion production in the sinuses and throat
- Oral health and fresh breath
- Healthy, smooth skin
- Already a healthy inflammatory response
- High spirits
Echinacea contains a whole range of nutrients, including polysaccharides, alkylamides, flavonoids, polyphenols, essential oils, and vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, selenium, and zinc. The alkylamides in Echinacea play an important role in immune support, and their levels are higher in fresh plant extracts , such as in Global Healing’s organic tincture.
How is elderberry and echinacea extract from Global Healing different from other supplements?
Global Healing’s priority is to provide the purest nutritional supplements that work and bring nourishment to every cell in the body.
They cooperate with small farms, which grow wild and organic herbs with love and care.
They select and test only the highest quality and purest ingredients, in order to obtain the most valuable from nature.
The strict production technologies they use are unknown in the supplement industry, such as triple distillation of water and the use of a cold extraction process, so that the heat does not damage the delicate ingredients of the plants.
Raw essences from plant ingredients are obtained with the patented Raw Herbal Extract™ technology, leading in the industry, which preserves all the antioxidant values of the plant.
Their ingredients and packaging are always sustainable, recycled and have a minimal impact on the environment.
There are many immune boosting products that are expensive, have a rough texture, or are just synthetic powdered supplements. They are not nearly as bioactive as herbal ingredients and cannot offer the same level of protection.
Elderberry & Echinacea is a concentrated organic formula with an excellent taste. It comes with a practical dropper, so it’s easy to find the right dose. It can be taken alone or mixed with water or juice.
It can also be added to smoothies to boost immunity.
Most herbal extractions are made with alcohol, which destroys the plant’s energy and even affects the nutritional value of the extract itself.
Global Healing does not use alcohol, but certified organic glycerin obtained from mustard seeds, to preserve the vital nutrients and life energy of the plant.
Tips for taking Elderberry & Echinacea:
Because of the natural ingredients, it is good to shake the bottle before use. It can be taken 1 ml twice a day or as recommended by a health advisor