Black elderberry

Black elderberry

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Important to know:
  • Black elderberry has been considered a healing herb in Europe for centuries
  • Nutritional supplements based on black elderberry help alleviate winter illnesses
  • Black elderberry has a variety of uses –cakes (made from its fruits) and musical instruments (made from its stems and branches)
Black elderberry: Who am I?
Medical history of black elderberry
What can black elderberry help us with?

Black elderberry: Who am I?

The black elderberry is a small tree that sheds its foliage in the fall, which mainly grows in Europe and in cold climate regions. Since it has no clear stem but many branches, it looks like a bush that can reach 5-6 meters in height.

In Israel, the black elderberry grows naturally only on Mount Hermon and the Golan Heights, because of the climate of those areas.

Fruits and leaves of black elderberry have been used as herbal remedies for centuries. Besides that, this plant made other contributions to the world. Its fruits are delicious (but it is not recommended to eat them raw, since some of elderberry varieties are slightly toxic) and are used in jams, pies, tea infusions, wine and liquors.
Elderberry is still used in Europe for making musical instruments. In Greece, its trunk is used to make an instrument
called “sambuka”, and in the Czech Republic, its branches are used for making traditional flutes.

 

Medical history of black elderberry

The medicinal properties of black elderberry were discovered and studied in northern and central Europe a few centuries ago. Some claim that it was used more than a thousand years ago. It was called a “medical toolbox” because of its ability to help with a variety of winter illnesses, and it has become one of the most popular plants in natural medicine in the last century.
Over the years, different studies were conducted on this plant, and many of its healing qualities that were considered “folk medicine” without grounds, were proven to be true. For example, the black elderberry’s antiviral quality.

 

What can black elderberry help us with?

First and foremost, with the respiratory tract. This plant is anti-inflammatory, it helps repair irritated or damaged mucous membranes, it prevents cough, strengthens and activates the immune system, it helps loosen mucus and relieve fever. This is the ultimate herb for treating winter illnesses.

Black elderberry can be consumed in the following forms: As a tincture (dissolved in alcohol), as specific dietary supplements (as a capsule, powder or as a beehive product) and even as a tea infusion.

 

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Dr. Alexander Gurushit Director of Research and Development

Dr. Alexander Gurushit

Director of Research and Development

The company’s founder and chief scientist since its establishment. He began to specialize in the field of herbs while still studying medicine in the Soviet Union.  From an early age, he got closely acquainted with the amazing added benefit of the beehive products and researched it in depth. He is responsible for the unique formula used to prepare the extract for the bees.

Dr. Joshua Maor R&D

Dr. Joshua Maor

R&D

Holds a Ph.D. degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a postdoctoral fellowship from Harvard Medical School.  Currently, he serves as the head of the Excellence in Agriculture and Environmental Health Program at the Hebrew University.

Due to the diverse topics he studied and researched, Dr. Maor specializes in a wide variety of fields, such as pharmaceuticals, organic and analytical chemistry, pharmacology, taxology and environmental health, implementing his knowledge at Zuf Globus.

Omri Doav Biologist, Researcher

Omri Doav

Biologist, Researcher

M.Sc. in Cellular Biology and Immunology. Participated in a number of projects related to medicinal herbs, including a major EU-funded project which examined the medical potential of natural wild plants growing in the Mediterranean basin.

His knowledge of both natural and herbal products, as well as physiology and the body’s immune system make him an important member of the company’s scientific team.

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