No doubt you’ve heard of black elderberry, the nutrient-dense, deep-purple fruit renowned for supporting the immune and respiratory systems.* You’ve probably even got a bottle in your medicine cabinet.
But have you ever wondered what variety of elderberry you’re taking, or where it comes from, or how it’s processed? At Natural Factors, we think those are three very important questions to ask, which is why we’re beyond pleased to introduce our new fast-acting Black Elderberry Standardized Extract softgels.
Elderberry is elderberry, right? Not exactly. Just as there are many varieties of roses, there are also many varieties of elderberry—each with a different biochemical fingerprint. After much careful research, we decided to exclusively use ElderCraft® European Black Elderberry in our new product. ElderCraft is made from the highest quality, premium Haschberg variety of elderberry. That’s important, because it is this exact variety that has been the subject of numerous clinical studies verifying its support of immune function.*
Optimal growing conditions
Where and how a plant is grown has a big impact on its biochemical composition. A plant grown in healthy soil with plenty of light and water will have higher levels of active constituents than one that’s been deprived of these necessities. ElderCraft European Black Elderberry is grown in the sunny, fertile fields of the beautiful Steiermark region of Austria, also known as the “Green Heart” of the country. The nutrient-rich soil and ample sunlight contribute to elderberries that are bursting in beneficial berry nutrients. When they reach their phytochemical peak, the berries are sustainably hand-harvested.
Clean extraction process
Extraction is the process whereby the active constituents of a plant are separated from the inactive cellulose, thus concentrating its health-supporting potential. Many times, active constituents are extracted using harsh industrial solvents, which can leave a residue on the final product—the last thing you want when you’re trying to bolster your immune response! ElderCraft elderberry is processed in Italy via a clean, solvent-free water extraction that protects and preserves its beneficial berry nutrients.
An elderberry like no other
The result of these three differentiating features—a superior variety, optimal growing conditions, and a clean extraction process—is an elderberry like no other. This one-of-a-kind, proprietary, active blend is rich in natural dark-purple anthocyanins, polysaccharides, and berry micronutrients, giving you more of what you take elderberry for.
Black Elderberry Standardized Extract is available in two sizes: 60 and 120 softgels. Like all Natural Factors products, it is tested by ISURA for over 700 potential contaminants and is certified non-GMO. You can purchase our Black Elderberry Standardized Extract at your local natural health store.