Shopper Warns About the Grave Dangers of Elderberries

Elderberries are often hailed for their beneficial effects in combating cold symptoms, but they also come with potential side effects that many might be unaware of.

Herb Bae, recently shared her surprise upon discovering more about these powerful berries. She recounted her near-fatal experience, explaining how they almost fatally harmed her.

The Incident

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She had purchased the berries from a grocery store.
“Not the grocery store almost un-aliving me with these poisonous berries”

She learned fresh elderberries contain cyanide and must be appropriately cooked before ingestion.

The video, which has garnered over 335,000 views, shows Herb Bae explaining the risks associated with elderberries, including symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, and in severe cases, death.

Despite these risks, the elderberries were sold without warning signs, leading to widespread concern and surprise among viewers.

The Risks of Elderberries

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Herb Bae’s video highlights the significant health risks of consuming raw elderberries.

While elderberry offers numerous health benefits, it’s crucial to consume it cautiously. Unripe or uncooked berries or flowers can induce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; larger quantities can lead to severe poisoning (4).

Pregnant or breastfeeding individuals, people with immune issues, or those allergic to elderberry should avoid it. Elderberry’s diuretic properties necessitate caution, especially when taken alongside other diuretics.

You must consult a doctor before incorporating elderberry into your diet to ensure it’s a safe and beneficial choice.

Despite these dangers, elderberries were available without any warnings, potentially putting consumers at risk.

Public Reaction

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The public reaction to the video has been a mix of shock and gratitude. Many viewers needed to be aware of elderberries’ dangers and thanked Herb Bae for sharing this information.

Others expressed their surprise that grocery stores would sell such potentially dangerous berries without any warnings or notes to inform consumers about the proper preparation methods.

Elderberry: A Versatile Healing Agent

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Elderberry, particularly the European version (Sambucus nigra), is renowned for its health and healing properties, dating back to 400 BC.

Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, elderberries may enhance the immune system, reduce inflammation, and protect the heart.

They alleviate various ailments, including colds, flu, constipation, joint pain, and breathing infections. Despite the widespread belief in elderberry’s healing powers, scientific evidence remains inconclusive.

Nevertheless, many doctors consider it safe as part of a balanced diet rich in vitamins B, B6, and E. Elderberries are high in vitamin C and dietary fiber, offering additional health benefits.

Just remember to prepare them correctly.

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Sources

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  1. webmd.com/diet/elderberry-health-benefits/
  2. healthline.com/nutrition/elderberry
  3. medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323288
  4. cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00000311.htm

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