Black elderberry and its effect on viruses
Namely, scientific research has shown how elderberry fruit extract can work by preventing the virus from entering the cell, while activating the immune system to respond adequately. Studies have shown that elderberry can block the replication of the virus, even after the virus enters the cell, at different stages of viral infection.
Science has shown the mechanism of action of black elderberry on viruses
According to one of the latest studies* published in the American Journal of Functional Foods, it has been proven that the components of the black elderberry fruit can directly act on the virus in two ways:
- Elderberry extract can prevent the virus from binding to the cell.
Elderberry components prevent the virus from binding to the cell in two ways – directly and indirectly.
- Directly – by blocking the proteins that the viruses use to “attach” to the cell, but also those proteins that allow the virus to enter the cell.
- Indirectly – by stimulating the production of certain “cell messengers”, which have a role in coordinating different types of immune cells for the best response possible to the entry of the virus into the body.
- Elderberry extract prevents the virus from multiplying in the cell
It has been shown that certain components of elderberry extract even more effectively prevent the virus from further multiplying in the cell. Elderberry fruit extract inhibits the enzyme necessary for the virus to multiply in the cell and its release from the cell, in order to spread further.
With its direct property that it manifests in the early phase of viral infection, black elderberry can block key viral proteins responsible for binding to cells, but also for entering host cells. By blocking the virus cycle in the first stages, the chances of the virus stopping increase.
Black elderberry fruit extract acts indirectly by activating a healthy immune system to produce more infamous cytokines and thus enabling a more efficient response to viral infection.