There are many elderberry tea health benefits! It’s so easy to make this recipe for elderberry tea and it’s so healthy! This Elderberry Iced Tea will boost your immune system and give you lots of energy.
They are rich in vitamin C and dietary fiber. Furthermore they are extremely high in antioxidants such as phenolic acids. Phenolic acids are powerful antioxidants that can help reduce damage from oxidative stress.
There are various elderberry tea health benefits. Elderberries also contains the antioxidant flavonols quercetin, kaempferol and isorhamnetin. Anthocyanins give the fruit its dark black-purple color and are a strong anti-inflammatory antioxidant.
Other benefits of consuming elderberries include significant improvement in flu symptoms, including fever, headache, muscle aches and nasal congestion, after just 24 hours. Also heart health and disease prevention.
FYI Some parts of the wild elderberry bush are poisonous and should not be consumed. The parts to be wary of include the bark, unripe berries, and seeds. But those parts are not ever present in this recipe for elderberry tea.
These contain small amounts substances known as lectins.Lectins can cause stomach problems if too much is consumed. Most important to note elderberry plants contains cyanogenic glycosides.
Cyanogenic glycosides may release cyanide in some cases. However the same toxin is found in apricot seeds and almonds. There are 3 mg of cyanide per 100 grams of fresh berries and 3–17 mg per 100 grams of fresh leaves, which is only 3% of the estimated fatal dose for a 130-pound.
Some people wonder can you drink elderberry tea while pregnant? No animal or human studies of safety of elderberry in pregnancy were identified. There is not enough data to confirm nor deny the safety.
Is elderberry tea safe while pregnant and breastfeeding? Although it has been used for centuries it may not be the safest herb for mother and child.
However don’t worry because commercial preparations and cooked berries do not contain cyanide. Furthermore there have been no reports of fatalities from eating elderberries. Eating uncooked berries, leaves, bark or roots of the elderberry can result in nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Date syrup is a new ingredient for me. Someone recommended it and I’m so glad they did. Date syrup is a healthier sweetener option. Dates themselves are very nutritious. It’s made with dates, water, and possibly lemon juice.
It’s very easy to make your own if you felt so inclined. Date syrup is rich in potassium, fibre and protein.
Try this healthy tea
Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan and bring to a simmer
Simmer 20-30 minutes
Allow to set for 3~6 hours in order to bring out the beneficial properties of the elderberries
Pour over ice or chill in refrigerator for ice tea