Elderberry formula activates
healthy immune system
A small study concluded that Sambucol, a proprietary standardized
extract of black elderberry (Sambucus nigra), stimulates
the healthy immune system by increasing production of inflammatory
cytokines. Cytokine production was measured using monocytes derived
from the blood of 12 healthy volunteers, which were incubated
with four different Sambucol products: Sambucol Black Elderberry
Extract, Sambucol Black Elderberry Syrup, Sambucol Immune System,
and Sambucol for Kids. Of the four products tested for immune-stimulating
activity, Sambucol Black Elderberry Extract demonstrated the most
significant effect on cytokine production. The most dramatic increase
observed was in production of TNF-a. Barak V, Halperin T, Kalickman
I. The effect of Sambucol, a black elderberry-based, natural product,
on the production of human cytokines: I. inflammatory cytokines.
Eur Cytokine Netw 2001; 12(2): 290-296.