This delicious syrup can be taken straight of the spoon or added to drinks. It can be taken by all ages to those 5 years and upwards as a great way to boost the intake of powerful plant compounds called flavonoids. One type of flavonoid called anthocyanidins are believed to be particularly useful and are highly regarded by most nutrition scientists. Anthocyanidins are the dark red and blue colours found in many fruits and seeds and a huge amount of studies have been carried out to investigate their significance in relation to our immune system.
Elderberry, rosehip and blackcurrants are all exceptionally rich sources of important compounds called flavonoids, including anthocyanidins that are known potent antioxidants. These compounds are believed to support the immune system by maximising the patients antioxidant defence against free radicals.
The flavonoid family found in these three fruits is uniquely positioned for such a task, since they are physiologically active in both lipid and aqueous environments in the body, which makes its overall antioxidant properties many times that of vitamin C or vitamin E.