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Dr. Karol Recommends: Sambucol

Dr. Karol M.D Article by: Dr. Karol M.D
Dr. Karol Recommends: Sambucol

Sambucol packs a powerful punch of flu-fighting, immune boosting Black Elderberry. Strengthening your immune system is your best defense against this season’s influenza virus.

You may have read that this season’s (2015) influenza vaccine is only 23% effective. Even more recently, it was reported that the vaccine is totally ineffective, or if there was any effectiveness at all, it is not enough to be statistically significant.

The reason for this is simple; the influenza virus that causes the flu has a very high mutation rate. This means that it quickly adapts to any new vaccine and becomes resistant. Because the mutation rate is so quick, clinicians can not keep up with new vaccines for the new viruses. The consequence? We have a mini flu epidemic in Canada. On top of that we have pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma (which predisposes to infections) and many elderly people with weakened immune systems who frequently get upper respiratory infections.

If you resort to prescription medications that claim to shorten the course of the flu, research shows that they cut the symptoms by only 2 days on average. So you are still sick for at least 5 days. As always, such prescription medications carry with them the risk of side effects.

So what’s the solution? The best bet is flu prevention and the strengthening of the immune system. To prevent, you should stay warm, drinking only warm drinks, wash your hands often, and try to stay away from coughing, sick individuals (or wear a face mask if you can’t avoid them). There are many ways to boost the immune system, which requires strength to fight infections. By far, one of the best ways is through the use of Black Elderberry.


Black Elderberry

This berry has been used for centuries in Europe in traditional medicine as well as by Native North Americans to treat all kinds of upper respiratory infections. There is also much modern research on this amazing berry, which has shown it to be highly effective against the flu. The vast majority of participants recovered in 2 days with the elderberry versus 6 days with the placebo. But that’s not the end of the story.

The syrup extract of this berry, found in the most-reputable Sambucol product, is also effective for suppressing coughs, loosening phlegm and for improving respiratory function overall. And because of its very high content of antioxidants and power flavonoids (anthrocyanins, etc.) this product is an excellent antioxidative product that not only strengthens the immune system but also benefits the whole body by helping prevent many chronic inflammatory conditions.  The icing on the cake: this amazing product it is not associated with any side effects (unless you call anti-aging a side effect) and can be taken indefinitely.

Thank you and see you next time.


Dr. Karol M.D