Fermented Elderberry—Immune System Support
Ancient Apothecary Fermented Elderberry is a must-have for comprehensive immune system support. It contains a powerful blend of full-spectrum Fermented Elderberry, an organic Fermented Warming Botanical Blend, organic Ashwagandha extract and an organic Fermented Bitter Botanical Blend. And it’s infused with Organic Essential Oils.
Fermented Elderberry can help support immune system function by providing a strong immune offense AND a strong immune defense. It can help fight back and support the body in the occasional presence of stressors, AND protect and provide ongoing support).
When your immune system is challenged—and believe us, it will be—it’s so important to have Ancient Apothecary Fermented Elderberry on hand!
A sweet recipe for immune support:
Fermented Full-Spectrum Elderberry Blend (Fermented Elderberry and Elderberry Fruit)
Herbs have been used for thousands of years to support immune balance—and elderberry is an immune-supporting superstar.†
Elderberry is an herb from a fragrant, flowering tree. It has antioxidant properties that have a natural, uncanny ability to help support healthy cells and a robust immune system.
In fact, for centuries, teas made from elderberry fruits or flowers have been consumed to help support the immune system during the fall and winter seasons.
Among other constituents, elderberry contains anthocyanins, which have potent antioxidant- and immune-supportive properties.
Anthocyanins create the deep red, blue, and purple pigments found in plants such as the elderberry, and berry anthocyanins combat free radicals and oxidative stress, thereby also being strong immune supporters.
Additionally, anthocyanins support healthy metabolic functions in the body, support healthy cells, provide microbial balance, support healthy DNA and genes, boost nitric oxide, support healthy cellular communication and more.
Elderberry also has the antioxidant quercetin.
Quercetin belongs to a group of plant pigments called flavonoids, which give certain fruits, such as elderberry, their color. With its powerful antioxidant properties, quercetin fights free radicals in the body to support healthy cells.
Among the cells quercetin supports are immune cells so that there is healthy immune function in the body.
Truth be told, elderberry is a must-have to keep your immune defenses in tip-top shape!
PLUS, Ancient Apothecary Fermented Elderberry contains the “Super Power” herb ashwagandha in the form of Organic Ashwagandha Extract (Root and Leaf).
Ashwagandha is one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurveda, used since ancient times to support health. In Sanskrit, ashwagandha literally means “the smell of a horse,” indicating that it can support vigor and strength. Ashwagandha has been traditionally used to support healthy immune system function.
More specifically, the clinically studied organic ashwagandha extract can offer many benefits during times when you may need them most, including:
- Helping to reduce physical, emotional and mental stress
- Boosting energy and reducing fatigue
- Enhancing focus and mental stamina
- Assisting in restoring and sustaining energy levels
- Support for healthy cardiovascular function
- Helping to support restful sleep
Combined with the bioavailability-boosting, nutrient-absorbing, digestion-supporting, and healthy circulation, metabolism and energy benefits of the Organic Fermented Warming Botanical Blend PLUS the digestion- and liver-supporting and bioavailability-boosting benefits of the Organic Fermented Botanical Blend AND the power of clinically studied Ashwagandha, Ancient Apothecary Fermented Elderberry is an immune-supporting superstar.†
In short, Ancient Apothecary Fermented Elderberry can offer a strong offense AND defense for immune system health.
What Sets Ancient Apothecary Herbals Apart? Live Fermentation, Essential Oils Infusion, Organic Herbs & Spices, and a delivery system of Warming Botanicals and Digestive Bitters.
Ancient Apothecary Fermented Herbs are powered by fermentation—our own proprietary, patent-pending, dual-stage, live fermentation process.
What is fermentation and why is it important?
Fermentation is an ancient process used to break down food into more absorbable components. During the fermentation process, microorganisms use aerobic and anaerobic metabolism to convert food compounds into powerful metabolites.
Here are some key benefits of fermentation:
- Fermentation pre-digests nutrients and beneficial compounds into more accessible and bioavailable forms.
- In some instances, fermentation can actually make certain foods more edible and more digestible, such as roots, leaves, nuts, tubers, seeds and grains.
- Fermentation can increase the presence of probiotics in the food.
Each Ancient Apothecary Herbal formula is infused with Organic Essential Oils and CO2 extracts to provide lipo-soluble phytonutrients with powerful antioxidant properties.
The Power of Essential Oils: A Little Bit Goes a Long Way for Health
Essential oils are often referred to as the “life blood and immune system” of plants and trees. They are the concentrated oils of herbs, plants and trees—approximately 50 times more potent than the plants they come from!
For example, it takes approximately 3,000 lemons to make one kilo of lemon essential oil, while one 15mL bottom of lemon essential oil takes about 75 lemons! To go deeper, there are nearly 300 drops in a 15mL bottle, so 1 drop of lemon essential oil is made by using ¼ of a whole lemon!
Likewise, 150 pounds of lavender is necessary for just one pound of pure lavender essential oil, while one 15mL bottle of lavender oil requires 27 square feet of lavender plants. With approximately 300 drops of lavender oil in a 15mL bottle, one drop equals nearly .09 square feet of lavender plants.
The bottom line: here’s a whole lot of beneficial plant life in essential oils.
These precious oils can be distilled or extracted using CO2 and bottled, and when steam distilled, essential oils keep the “frequency” that they had when they resided in the plant.
Additionally, essential oils provide lipo-soluble fractions of plants. Since plants contain both water- and fat- soluble active compounds, we believe it important to consume a full spectrum of beneficial compounds. Fats and oils are required for the effective delivery of key antioxidant compounds.
Therefore, essential oils infused into herbal formulas can serve as a delivery system for these powerful botanicals.
Here’s the takeaway: Essential oils are some of Nature’s wonders, in that they serve to bring the body back into balance, thereby supporting overall health. In fact, they are extremely potent and can provide support for every bodily system.
That’s why you’ll find essential oils in each and every Ancient Apothecary Fermented Herbs.
The Importance of Organic Herbs
It’s no secret that in conventionally grown foods and herbs, farmers use a variety of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides synthetic fertilizers and many other "processing agents' which often remain in and on the food or herbs. Even washing these foods or herbs can’t get many of these off the produce.
Why? Because nearly 20 percent of the 17,000 (or more) pesticides in use today are known as systemic pesticides—those which reside inside the plant via its root system and have permeated the plant. That’s means they’re everywhere within the plants themselves and can’t be washed off.
Many studies and reports point to the adverse health effects of these chemicals in and on our food, which is why many choose to go organic. That reason alone is enough to make going organic is all the rage these days.
But another important benefit of organic food and herbs is that, because they’re grown organically, these plants are able to produce their own natural defenses against pests.
As a result, these plants are more resilient and defense-supporting by nature (literally) and have some of the very compounds and natural defenses that we can and often should include in our diet. For example, the resilient antioxidants and beneficial compounds found in plants are beneficial and even necessary for our bodies so that we can keep our own defenses strong.
That’s why you’ll find these health-supporting organic herbs in each and every Ancient Apothecary Fermented Herbs.
PLUS, each Ancient Apothecary Herbal formula contains an Organic Fermented Warming Botanical Blend of black pepper, ginger, long pepper and sprouted cumin to support healthy digestion, bioavailability of nutrients, healthy circulation, metabolism and overall energy.
In Ayurveda, black pepper, long pepper and ginger are used for supporting healthy digestion, circulation, nutrient assimilation and metabolism. It is tied to the Sanskrit word trikatu, meaning three spices or three peppers. Trikatu is an Ayurvedic blend of the fruits of black pepper, long pepper and the rhizomes of ginger.
Each Ancient Apothecary Fermented Herbal formula also contains an Organic Fermented Bitter Botanical Blend of milk thistle, dandelion and peppermint to support healthy digestion and liver function as well as bioavailability of nutrients.
Bitter botanicals or "bitters" are regarded for their ability to support healthy liver function, while also supporting healthy digestion and nutrient absorption. Additionally, bitters can help support nervous system health and a healthy immune system as well as promoting healthy energy levels.
By combining the benefits of organic fermented botanicals, whole organic herbs and spices, hot water herbal extracts and lipo-soluble fractions, Ancient Apothecary Fermented Herbal formulas provide a full-spectrum infusion of the best that Nature has to offer!