Elderberry-functional product (review)


Cristina Liliana Mitroi, Mihaela Simescu, Roxanda Simescu, Marius Ioan Cugerean, Iasminca Duşiţa Cugerean, Iulia D. Ştefan, Sofia Georgeta Popescu*, Ariana Bianca Velciov

Volume 28, Issue 3;
Pages: 268-272; 2022
ISSN: 2069-0053 (print) (former ISSN: 1453-1399), Agroprint;
ISSN (online): 2068-9551


Sambucus nigra L. or black elder is a woody perennial plant native to Europe [3]. This has been used as a medicinal plant for many years. Even if all parts have their role in treating various ailments, the ones that have been studied the longest by scientists and used by consumers have been the fruits and flowers [1]. The protein content in elderberry fruits is 2.7-2.9%, in flowers approximately 2.5%, and in leaves we have a value of 3.3%, making elderberry a good source of protein [9]. Both flowers and fruits of Sambucus nigra are used as a traditional remedy for various types of ailments and diseases. They have a wide range of uses, but in particular they can treat the common symptoms of colds, fevers, coughs, nasal congestion, mucous secretions and flu, as well as for improving the immune system [8].

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