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Flu-fighting SUPER berry (not goji or acai)

I think we all know that berries are good for us.

We've been told time and time again that
blueberries are high in antioxidants and other
disease-fighting nutrients. And that strawberries
are very in phytonutrients that prevent
angiogenesis (the undesirable growth of new blood
vessels around cancer cells).

So yes, eating berries is a very smart move.

But, did you that there's a lesser-known berry
that has shown time and time again to be a heavy
weight contender for preventing and fighting the
flu?

Indeed, there is.

I'll reveal its name in just a moment but first
let me illustrate its flu-fighting power with the
help of a 2002 study from the Israeli Medical
Association Journal.

This study looked at the effect of five herbal
remedies – Sambucol Black Elderberry Extract,
Sambucol Active Defense Formula and Sambucol for
Kids (with known antiviral properties), Protec
and Chizukit N (containing propolis and
Echinacea, claimed to be immune enhancers) – on
the production of cytokines, one of the main
components of the immune system.

The results of the study showed that the three
Sambucol formulations activated the healthy
immune system response by INCREASING inflammatory
and anti-inflammatory cytokines production, while
the effect of Protec and Chizukit N was much less.

The researchers concluded that Sambucol could
therefore have immuno-stimulatory properties when
administered to patients suffering from influenza
or EVEN immuno-depressed cancer and AIDS patients
who are receiving chemotherapy or other
treatments.

Pretty powerful.

But…

Once on the Sambucol website I noticed some fishy
things in their ingredient lists.

For instance, the “Sambucol for Kids” formula
contained the following:

* 1.9 g of black elderberry extract per 10ml.

* Glucose syrup, purified water, citric acid,
potassium sorbate (to retard spoilage)

Not too sure about the glucose syrup part but I
guess they need the added sweetness so that kids
will actually take this stuff.

Their “Immune Formula” contained:

* 3.8g of Black Elderberry Extract per 10ml

* Sorbitol, purified water, artificial raspberry
flavour, citric acid, potassium sorbate (to
retard spoilage).

Again, not sure about the sorbitol or artificial
flavors but at least it has decent amounts of
the REAL beneficial ingredient…

ELDERBERRY.

Just in case you didn't catch on, that's the
"secret" flu-fighting berry in question.

Before I show you another awesome study proving
elderberry’s effectiveness, let’s first look at
what it is exactly, shall we?

The elderberry (black elder is the most
widespread) is common across Europe, western
Asia, and northern Africa. The powerful “black
berry” is the fruit of a deciduous shrub that can
grow up to about 6 meters tall.

Now it's time to get out the science goggles…

The European black elderberries are rich dietary
sources of plant pigments and phenolic compounds
– essentially, powerful phytonutrients.

They contain the flavonols, quercetin-3-glucoside
and quercetin-3-rutinoside, and a number of
anthocyanins: a group of antioxidant compounds
responsible for the attractive red, purple, and
violet colors of many fruits, flowers,
vegetables, and also elderberries.

The anthocyanins in elderberries have been shown
in several studies to enhance the antioxidant
status in humans.

Animal and in vitro studies have also shown these
anthocyanins decrease premature cell death and
lower risks of cardiovascular complications
through anti-inflammatory and relaxant effects on
coronary arteries.

So obviously, elderberry can pack a serious
flu-fighting 1-2 punch.

In fact, a brand new 2011 study out of Germany
demonstrated a very POWERFUL dose-response effect
of elderberry liquid extract against dangerous
bacterial infections and influenza viruses.

To put these results into plain English, the more
elderberry (up to about 15% concentration) the
better the effects against 4 known bacteria and
dangerous flu viruses.

Now, if you think elderberry is powerful, wait
until you see the 7 other immune-boosting,
body-protecting, and flu-fighting natural
remedies that my friend and holistic nutritionist,
Yuri Elkaim has got lined up for you in his new
Flu Fighters report...

>> Discover 8 potent flu-fighting natural remedies

Considering that we're in the thick of flu season
and that this "epidemic" seems to be worse than
ever, can you really afford not to pay attention
to this important information that controls your
immune system.

Imagine how many sick days you and your family
could avoid if the common cold and flu was no
longer a concern. 

Remember that you don't have to get sick... you
can easily control the strength of your immune
system from the inside, so that you never get sick
at all.  As I mentioned yesterday, I personally
haven't been sick in at least 8 or 9 years, and I
haven't had the flu in at least 15 years, despite being
exposed constantly through all of my travels.  These
remedies work!

8 powerful flu-fighting natural remedies

PS -- if you liked today's article, please fwd this email
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If you missed my previous article on this topic of
boosting your immune system, you can read that here:

7 tips to NEVER get sick again


Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

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