Sick and Tired of being Tired and Sick? Us too..
First off, we are not generally in the herbal medicine crowd. However, a friend that deals with diet and nutrition made the recommendation and after going thru a one winter trial with the kids (and work for that matter) bringing home viruses, we have found it effective.
In our own anecdotal non-scientific study, my spouse decided not to use the sambucol. Usually, I am the one who always gets sick. But this past winter there were 3-4 times I didn’t get sick even when my spouse did. I also ended up recovering faster.
Articles about Sambucol Studies:
Scientific studies on sambucol look very promising and was effective against the flu. You can read some of the articles below. Also, the fact that black elderberry has been used in Europe medicinally for hundreds of years also may have some weight on your decision. Finally, unlike many alternative cold remedies Sambucol doesn’t have a million ingredients. It is mainly black elderberry extract and glucose.
Versus something like Echinacea with mixed results (scroll to the bottom for a summary):
What we learned from reading reviews.
There’s a pretty good consensus that taking it early when you first notice symptoms or even before (if a family member gets sick), it becomes more effective. Also, most of the studies done were using Sambucol which is made by one company with a particular formulation. We can’t vouch for the effectiveness of any other Sambucus products.
Where to buy:
With that in mind, if you’d like to try it, amazon has a decent price, but our favorite place to buy is www.vitacost.com. Amazon is currently selling the 7.8oz bottle for $19 while vitacost comes in regularly under $15. If you can make the $49 minimum shipping, it comes out to a better deal.
What’s this about a $10 bonus?
We’re members of the Vitacost Rewards Program (free to join). If you click through our referral link you’ll get $10 coupon you can use at vitacost.