You may have heard or read some of the claims that you should not use elderberries during this time. Well I just wanted to share some really great posts, research and info that I have found. As always I am not a doctor and this is absolutely not medical advice in any way. Please be sure to read through these sites and links for yourself and if you need any help discerning it, I'm sure your doctor would be glad to help. Personally, I have had doctors and naturopaths recommend to continue using Elderberry Boost as part of a regimen to maintain a strong immune system during this time. One doctor did say that if you do test positive for Covid-19 then you should stop and at that point you will be given a protocol to follow anyways.
** Please remember that just because something goes viral and is shared over and over and over, that does NOT make it true. **
Herbs are not a one size fits all, and that includes elderberry syrup. There are some who in general probably should not take it, and this current situation may or may not be different for those individuals. Our family has been instructed that it is safe to continue use of Elderberry Boost. We trust our doctors and if our situation changes then we will contact them again to see what is best to use or not use. Do what you and your health care provider determine is best, but please try not to spread false information that has no true proof behind it for this situation.
"The Bottom Line
Elderberry is not likely to be able to cause CRS to happen by itself, and there have been no causative links of Elderberry or any herbs associated with CRS. CRS is caused by a severe amount of damage to the tissues and activated immune cells in later stages of infection, and therefore should be managed by medical professionals. Cytokine storms are rare in human physiology, and consequently we do not have a history of managing them with Elderberry. "
This article and short and to the point, I found it very easy to understand. There are also multiple links at the end to the sources they used.
"In short, we have absolutely no evidence that elderberry – or any herb for that matter – causes or promotes cytokine storms.
Basically, the information you see circulating right now is oversimplified and often flat out wrong.
If we don’t have any evidence that elderberry causes cytokine storms, then what is the basis for all these claims?
In 2001, a study performed on healthy volunteers found that elderberry (in the product Sambucol) increased beneficial cytokines. The conclusion of that study was: “Sambucol might therefore be beneficial to the immune system activation and in the inflammatory process in healthy individuals or in patients with various diseases.”1
I can’t count the times I have now seen that study referenced or linked with someone claiming that it’s proof that elderberry side effects cause cytokine storms. Again, that is absolutely not true. The study did not conclude anything regarding elderberry side effects and cytokine storms.
This is part of the article from Registered Herbalist Rosalee De La Foret.
3) Here is the link to one of the articles being shared virally on Facebook claiming it is dangerous to use elderberry syrup right now:
Please click the link on the top of that post to view her update which states:
The message I communicated imprecisely was"if you are in a "high risk" groupand contract COVID-19, this automatically puts you at risk of autoimmune lung and heart damage, and taking elderberry has the genuine potential to make that worse."
However, there is probably not any increased risk to healthy children or adults using elderberry preventatively. Keep using it as immune support. Keep using it for flu. Stop if you suspect COVID-19.
There are many many sites and articles to read about this topic. Please read thoroughly and widely in order to have a more clear understanding overall. Once again, this is absolutely not medical advice and I am not claiming the elderberry syrup or Elderberry Boost will have any specific outcome. Simply putting together some things that I found useful in my research, and yes there are definitely some situations where I feel it is very clear and true that elderberry syrup is not the right choice. The over simplified version of that did seem to be incorrect in my personal opinion which is what led me to do my own research and share a few things here.
Stay safe, stay well and take care of yourself !