I recently posted a “What you need to know about black elderberries” to help you understand why there’s so much excitement about black elderberry products, especially during cold and cough season. Black elderberries are rich in immune-supporting antioxidants and help keep your immune system in top shape to fight against the germs that are heavily present during the cold season.
By now, you probably know that I’m a big fan of Sambucol because it’s made with the right variety of berries, the ones that have been scientifically studied to support our immune system. They are careful to handle the berries so that the natural, immune-supporting anthocyanins are preserved, and their doses are standardized so that you know that what’s on the label is exactly what’s in every dose.
Even though there are look-alike brands on store shelves, there’s no guarantee that they are all made the same way, are absorbed as quickly by the body, or taste the same. Hency why we only stick to Sambucol, because we know, scientifically, that it works! Plus, my family loves the taste of Sambucol.
Because we’re such big fans of Sambucol, I get a lot of questions about it. So, to make it easy for you, I’ve created a list of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to black elderberry and Sambucol.
If you want to learn more about black elderberries and why you should choose Sambucol, first read this post and then come back here to get answers to more specific questions.
Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions About Black Elderberries and Kids
At what age can you start giving black elderberry supplements to children?
You can safely start giving Sambucol to kids as early as six months of age. Just make sure you’re using one of their kids and infant formulations. There are baby-friendly Infant Drops, and kid-friendly Syrup and Gummies. For ages 2 and older, I suggest starting with the Kids syrup, but if your children don’t like it for some reason, the Gummies are a good alternative. The syrup lasts longer than the Gummies and it’s very tasty. My oldest now prefers the syrup over the Gummies, so I would suggest starting with the syrup.
Here are Sambucol’s kid-friendly products:
What are the main differences between the different types of Sambucol products?
There are numerous varieties! Here are the basic differences:
- The kids’ formulas clearly say “Kids” or “Infant” in colorful lettering on the labels. The Kids Syrup is for ages 2-12. The Kids Gummies are designed for children ages 2 and older (due to them being a choking hazard). The Gummies also contain vitamin C and zinc for additional immune support. The Infant Drops, for ages 6 months and older, also contain vitamin C.
- Original Sambucol Syrup can be used for anyone age 4 and older. (For ages 4-12, use a half dose.) For a little variety, try mixing it in water, fruit juices or smoothies.
- Sambucol Advanced Immune Syrup, for ages 4 and older (for ages 4-12, use a half dose), contains added vitamin C and zinc for even more immune support.
- Sugar-Free Sambucol Syrup provides the same immune support as the original syrup formula but it is sweetened with stevia.
- Sambucol Gummies are for ages 4 and older. Two gummies equal the same as one dose of the syrup.
- Sambucol Chewable tablets are easy to chew and also provide vitamin C. They are suitable for children over 4 years old.
- Sambucol Pastilles are like throat lozenges. They help soothe your scratchy throat with a blend of black elderberries, vitamin C, zinc and honey. You can give them to children over age 6.
- Sambucol Daily Immune Drink Powder is a fast-dissolving powder that contains black elderberries and vitamin C. Just blend the contents of a packet into a glass or bottle of water.
I know it sounds like a lot, but for the most part, what varies is the format. If you don’t know what to get, start with their original syrup (for anyone over 4 years old).
When should I take the Sambucol supplements that come with added vitamin C and zinc?
That is a personal preference, but it is important to watch your zinc intake if you are using other products with zinc, as it is a heavy metal that takes a while to clear the body.
Can kids take Sambucol every day?
Yes, many people take elderberry daily for year-round immune support. Since it is made from fruit, it is safe to use daily throughout the year.
Can’t I just feed my family raw elderberries?
No! Elderberries are loaded in essential vitamins; A, C, E and more but raw elderberries are poisonous. They must be processed to remove the poisonous compounds and make them safe to consume.
How much Sambucol should kids take when they are sick?
My naturopath has me giving the syrup up to four times a day when my kids start showing symptoms. But the dosage frequency depends on which type of Sambucol you’re using. Please refer to this page to determine how often each type can be used daily or consult with your doctor.
Can I mix Sambucol with other prescription or over-the-counter medications?
Most likely, yes. There are no known contraindications for the use of black elderberry extract and any prescription or over-the-counter medications. But it’s always best to consult your doctor or healthcare professional before taking it, just to make sure.
Do Sambucol products contain any allergens?
One of the reasons I trust this brand so much is that it doesn’t contain artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. Check the labels because there may be slight differences but I think you will find that the products are free of most typical allergens and are vegetarian- and vegan-friendly.
Most are dairy free, egg free, gluten free, nut free, soy free and wheat free. The gummies are also gelatin-free.
How much sugar is in Sambucol?
There is a sugar-free Sambucol syrup made with Stevia. All others vary in their sugar content. It is important to know that Sambucol uses glucose syrup which is metabolized by the body differently than fructose. Please check the label for the specific sugar content of the product.
What are some different ways I can incorporate black elderberries into my family’s diet?
The easiest way to incorporate Sambucol is to take it when you take your other supplements or by adding it to smoothies. However, keep checking the Sambucol website because they post quite a few family-friendly recipes on their blog.
A few that we like are Immune-Supporting No-Bake Vegan Cookies with Elderberry Syrup, and the Easy No Bake Elderberry and Peanut Butter Granola Bars. The blog also contains several adult appetizers and even some cocktail recipes made with black elderberry syrup.
Do you have any other specific questions about Sambucol? Let me know in the comments.