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6 Ways to Get Your Daily Dose of Elderberry (and Keep That Cold at Bay)

When the cold and flu germs seem to be everywhere, many turn to natural elderberry for some extra protection.

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A bottle of elderberry syrup on a wooden table, with fresh elderberries in the backgroundMadeleine Steinbach/Shutterstock

It usually takes just one bout of influenza or a bad cold to make us open to trying anything that might provide some relief. Taking elderberry daily is thought to help prevent upper respiratory infections, as well as clear them up faster. Most elderberry formulations are rich in antioxidants as well. Here’s our homemade elderberry syrup recipe.

While the research is limited, a few studies (like this one) have found that elderberry can cut the duration of the flu and possibly prevent it. If you decide to try it, chat with your doctor and find a quality extract. We’ve rounded up the highest-rated gummies, syrups and capsules that might be able to help keep you healthy this winter.

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Nature's Way Sambucus Elderberry Gummiesvia

Nature’s Way Sambucus Elderberry Gummies

Well, if you’re going to try to boost your immunity with an herbal remedy, a tasty gummy sounds like a great way to do it. These elderberry gummies ($13) are packed with vitamin C and zinc and are free of artificial colors and preservatives.

For an extra hit of immunity, try adding these vitamin C-rich foods.

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Zarbee's Naturals Children's Elderberry Immune Supportvia

Zarbee’s Naturals Children’s Elderberry Immune Support

Let’s be honest: kids are little germ magnets. If you’ve been searching for a way to avoid some of those school viruses, ask your pediatrician about these elderberry gummies ($19). They’re made from vegan ingredients and have a yummy berry flavor. Then start your day with a vitamin-packed green smoothie, wash your hands and hope for the best.

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Nature's Way Black Elderberry Capsulesvia

Nature’s Way Black Elderberry Capsules

To get your elderberry fix without syrup or gummies, try an easy capsule. These black elderberry capsules ($8) are concentrated for a full dose in a tiny package. Toss a few in your carry-on bag next time you vacation; a recent study found elderberry may help fend off colds during travel.

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Organic Elderberry Syrup (Extra Strength) Liquid Extract by MaryRuthvia

Organic Elderberry Syrup (Extra Strength) Liquid Extract by MaryRuth

Love supporting small businesses? This mother-daughter owned company created a tasty, berry-flavored elderberry syrup ($24) for both kids and adults. If you feel a cold coming on, a little elderberry syrup and homemade chicken noodle soup may be just what the (naturopathic) doctor ordered.

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Nutra Champs Elderberry Gummiesvia

Nutra Champs Elderberry Gummies

If you often find yourself considering a few extra gummy vitamins each morning because they’re just too good, add some elderberry gummies ($16) to your regimen. These berry-flavored gummies also contain vitamin C, propolis and echinacea to hopefully keep sniffles at bay.

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Mortar and Pestle Herbs Black Elderberry Capsulesvia

Mortar and Pestle Herbs Black Elderberry Capsules

For a quick and easy hit of elderberry, try these organic black elderberry capsules ($23). They’re vegan, non-GMO and contain both elderberry extract and whole elderberry fruit powder. Serve alongside a big helping of comfort food to get you through cold and flu season.

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Carrie Madormo, RN
Now a freelance health and food writer, Carrie worked as a nurse for over a decade. When she isn't hunched over her laptop with a baby in hand, you will find her cooking her grandmother’s recipes, lacing up her running shoes or sipping coffee in the bathroom to hide from her three young children.
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