Description of Elderberry

Elderberry

Elderberry

Just like other known herbal plants, elderberry is professed to have lots of elderberry benefits to humankind. However, some were not yet supported by scientists. Its flowers, leaves, stems and bark of its elder plant are already being widely used for medical reasons. This is because most of the people believed that elderberry has medicinal powers.

To provide an elderberry description, this plant is actually a large shrub which thrives in locations where there is much exposure to sunlight. It comes from an elder plant, and is known to be an indigenous to Europe, Asia and Africa. It is also grown in parts of United States. One can be able to identify its elder flower through its distinguishing five-ray flowers colored white, and is observed to have five to seven group of leaves which grows opposite from each other. Their berries begin to grow as color green, after which it develops to color red and lastly becomes black once they are ripe.

Benefits of elderberry are numerous. It helps in the alleviation of several health problems which are based on research since 1615 in France. Its users at that time reported of health problems and this plant is their topmost recommended healing expert plant. It is very effective in the treatment of colds, sinus infections and flu. According to a prominent Medical Center University in Maryland, elderberry’s extracts can eliminate, if not, kill strains of a certain virus called H1N1 or better known as swine flu.

Fruits for 2010

Although it seems silly to talk about fruits for 2010, it is also appropriate as everyone seems to be covering what the top foods are for 2010.  As a fruit website, we thought we’d cover the top fruits for 2010!

Whether you are dieting or just trying to eat more healthy in 2010, then there is no doubt that you want to include a  number of different fruits in your diet.  Antioxidant fruits provide vitamins, minerals and fiber.  In addition to these essential nutrients, they also have disease fighting compounds. 

Disease Fighting Compounds in Fruit:

When you choose fruits for 2010, you have a reduced risk of diabetes, chronic medical conditions, like diabetes, high cholestrol and high blood pressure.  Also, regular consumption of fruit reduces your risk for heart disease, strokes and certain types of cancer.

Fruits are easy to come by in your grocery store.  If they aren’t in season, sometimes you can find them in your freezer section.  Or you can always wait until they are in season and them freeze them so that you can have them when they are not in season.

Since fruit is easy to prepare, it shouldn’t be terribly difficult to incorporate it into your diet.  You can serve it raw, blended, baked or grilled.  It is the perfect compliment to a yogurt snack or for a topping on your favorite ice cream or cereal. 

Tell us how you will incorporate fruit in your diet for 2010 by leaving a comment below.