Skin care and elderberry
A popular natural remedy for colds and influenza might also be able to help you slow the rate at which your skin ages.
Elderberry, which has been used as a medicine and as a food for thousands of years1, is one of the richest sources of plant pigments called anthocyanins, which have been found to improve microcirculation to the skin2.
This was confirmed by research published in the British Journal of Nutrition2, which investigated how anthocyanins might benefit obese women by decreasing oxidation and inflammation and improving microcirculation. The study found that there was a significant improvement of microcirculation of blood to the skin as a result of anthocyanin-consumption. The improvement was greatest when the consumption of anthocyanins was combined with exercise.
This improvement in circulation combined with the potent anti-oxidant action of elderberry anthocyanins may slow the rate at which our skin ages3, 4, 5.
Elderberry is most often consumed for its anti-bacterial and anti-viral action, in particular against colds, influenza and upper respiratory infections caused by bacteria6, 7, 8.
While anthocyanins are commonly found in fruits such as berries, research published in theJournal of Functional Foods9 and the journal Mechanisms of Ageing and Development10shows that the European black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is one of the richest sources of anthocyanins, as well as vitamins, which have also been shown to slow the ageing process by ……….
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