PRNewswire – When you get the flu in spite of your flu shot and your best health efforts, clinically proven Sambucol black elderberry extract may be one of the best means to shorten the length and reduce the severity of flu symptoms.

Sambucol has data to support its claim of efficacy. In a clinical trial, flu patients receiving Sambucol recovered in 3.1 days compared to 7.1 days for those on placebo. Fifty-four patients with verified type A flu and six with type B (29 females/31 males aged 18 to 54 years) took part in the double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the International Journal of Medical Research. Patients were randomly assigned to two groups, one given Sambucol (1 tablespoon) four times daily for five days, and the other given placebo four times per day for five days.

A priior study in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine reported that almost 90 percent of flu patients receiving Sambucol were entirely free of symptoms within two to three days, as compared to at least six days with placebo.

“Sambucol is very effective, especially when taken at first sign of symptoms,” said Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu, a virologist and the developer of the Sambucol elderberry extract. “The speed at which flu patients recover and their reduction in symptoms is quite amazing.”

Russell Greenfield, M.D., a leading practitioner of integrative medicine and clinical assistant professor at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, also advocates black elderberry extract. “It has no known side effects or negative interactions,” he says. But don’t expect grandma’s elderberry jam to ease flu-related body aches, cough and fever warns Dr. Greenfield. “Sambucol is the only black elderberry preparation shown effective in clinical studies.”

Sambucol is distributed in the United States and Canada by Nature’s Way Products, Inc., and is widely available at health and nutrition stores. Sambucol is a dietary supplement, rather than a drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the prevention, cure or treatment of the flu. The black elderberry extract Sambucol (R) is not intended as a substitute for flu vaccine, but may be of help even in cases where the flu vaccine has not been protective.

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