Different fruits and vegetables take their turn in the spotlight as a “superfood” for their various perceived benefits.
One of the latest to take a starring role is elderberry, which comes from the European elder tree and many people consume in teas, syrups, gummies, lozenges, supplements, wine and food flavorings. They also can be used in tasty baked goods, like muffins and pancakes.
One reason elderberry is popular, and why you should seek it out, is because it is packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients from the blue and purple category, like anthocyanins, quercetin, resveratrol, and ellagic acid. These antioxidants and phytonutrients, which give the foods their rich color, help support your immune system and your brain and heart health.
Boost the blue
Another reason to seek it out? You’re likely not getting enough of those phytonutrients. While most people are good at putting shades of green and red in their grocery cart—those are the primary colors seen in the produce section—keeping up the quantities of blue and purple is more of a challenge.
Most people aren’t getting enough fruits and vegetables each day and blue and purple are the least consumed globally, according to the Global Phytonutrient Report commissioned by the Nutrilite Health Institute of Amway.
The report showed most adults would need to at least double their intake of fruits and vegetables to achieve the minimum of five servings (or 400g) per day recommended by the World Health Organization.
Filling the gap
Effective dietary supplements, such as Nutrilite™ Double X™ Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient Supplement, can help fill nutrient gaps in the diet. The recently reformulated blend includes grape, blueberry, elderberry and black currant extracts, giving you that extra boost of blue and purple you might need.
While the elderberry may be enjoying some renewed fame, some researchers cite evidence it was used during prehistoric times while others say ancient Egyptians were buried with the berries.
We’re not sure about the health benefits of that, but it’s safe to say that sipping your next cup of elderberry tea or spreading elderberry jam on your toast not only will taste good, it will give you some needed antioxidants and phytonutrients!