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Does elderberry extract really fight viruses?

Elderberry is a natural plant, and the stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits of elderberry have certain medicinal value.

Elderberry is rich in anthocyanins and flavonoids, effective against more than a dozen viruses including the influenza virus, and also has a strong antioxidant effect. Other berries, such as blueberries and mulberries, also have antioxidant properties. However, in terms of the content of antiviral active ingredients, and the synergistic effect of the various active ingredients rich in the berries themselves, there is still a certain gap between them and elderberries.


Elderberries extract contain the antioxidant flavonols quercetin, kaempferol, and isorhamnetin. Among them, the flavonol content of flowers is up to 10 times that of berries.

How does elderberry extract fight viruses?

1. Inhibit the hemagglutinin on the surface of the virus to prevent the virus from entering the body system.

2. The cyanidin-3-glucoside contained in elderberry extract is combined with the active site of ceramidase, the sugar bond is still there, and the virus cannot go out in the host cell, so it cannot spread.

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