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has been found to reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. It reduces replication of several strains of virus including some responsible for influenza. It helps the immune system function better by boosting the prpoductio of cytokines, proteins that act as messengers in the immune system. Drinking the juice can also have a positive effect on weight, blood pressure and emotional state. One of the best ways to consume elderberry is to make a tea from the leaves and flowers, and lemonade from the blossoms. Don't know why they callit lemonade when it's not made from lemons, but it's good. Make sure to use only the ripe berries, the unripe ones are mildly toxic. Always eat the black or blue elderberries. The red ones are believed to be toxic, but it's only the seeds that are toxic. If you remove the seeds, the fruit can be eaten safely. Since most of us don't have time to de-seed a lot of tiny berries, I suspect most of us will stick to eating the blue or black berries.
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