Photos of Sambucus nigra, elder, common elderberry, black elder, elderberry, European elder, European black elder, European elderflower.

Elderberry, Sambucus nigra. Images of European elderberry, Sambucus nigra, including close-ups of fruits, flowers, and plant in habitat. These images were shot in the Balkans, Montenegro, Germany, Ireland, and elsewhere. The European elderberry occurs throughout most of Europe except the extreme north. Current interest in black elderberry extract stems from the research of an Israeli scientist, Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu, a researcher in immunology and hematology at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem. Her work in virology focused on elderberry compounds and their activity against the influenza virus. Effectiveness relates to compounds which inhibit the ability of flu virus to enter cells, hence disarming the virus’s capacity to become infectious.

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