What You May Not Know About Elderberry

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  • dateOctober 19, 2021
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Key Takeaways


  • Elderberry is a fruit derived from the Sambucus tree, which can help benefit the body through its antioxidant properties.
  • Taking an elderberry supplement with additional vitamins and minerals can help provide the body with antioxidant and immune support.*
  • When consuming elderberry otherwise, it must be cooked, as raw elderberry is toxic to the body.



Elderberry is a tiny fruit that comes with a load of history. Originating from the Sambucus tree, the dark purple berry was originally found in Europe in 2000 BCE. It has traditionally been used for wellness by the Ancient Greeks, as well as Indigenous peoples in the United States.†

Elderberry naturally contains anthocyanins, which are a pigment that gives the fruit its rich purple color, as well as its antioxidant properties. Elderberry contains a variety of antioxidant nutrients, including vitamins A, C and E, as well as minerals such as zinc.1

How does elderberry benefit the body?

Elderberries are rich purple in color which is a sign of anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid which are the beneficial plant pigments that are also known to possess antioxidant properties. Not only do Elderberries contain plant based antioxidant properties, but they also have a long history of traditional use for immune support.**

How can I add elderberry to my diet?


Sundown® Elderberry Gummies are a fantastic way to help support your immune system.* They’ve been used for centuries to support overall health and wellness, too.*† Not only are these gummies tasty, but they also contain 100mg of elderberry per serving plus vitamins A, C D E and zinc to give you the antioxidant and immune support you need*.

The elderberry breakdown

You can take elderberry with other vitamins and minerals to get the antioxidant and immune support your body needs.* Elderberry also contains plant based antioxidant properties. To get your elderberry in, you can take supplements. But if you’re going to eat elderberry otherwise, make sure it’s thoroughly cooked, as raw elderberry can cause an upset stomach and, at high doses, be toxic to the body. If you’re unsure about adding elderberry to your diet, check in with your healthcare practitioner first!

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


**When taking 1.3g or more of Elderberry per day.

^Applies to all Sundown Adult products.

†Traditional use claims are based on historical or traditional practices. Elderberry has a long history of use for health and wellness dating back to traditional European medicine.

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