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NOW Elderberry & Zinc lozenges
NOW Sambucus Elder Zinc-C Lozenges

NOW - Elderberry & Zinc

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$7.49
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Info: Available in Two Types and Sizes

Elderberry or Sambucus nigra is one of the mainstays of natural health remedies to shore up your immune system during Cold & Flu season. These two formulations deliver strong, ten-to-one concentrations of Elderberry in convenient and effective lozenge form, along with Vitamin C and zinc, in both types, or some additional herbs to help the throat, for the initial version.

Info: Available in Two Types and Sizes

Elderberry or Sambucus nigra is one of the mainstays of natural health remedies to shore up your immune system during Cold & Flu season. These two formulations deliver strong, ten-to-one concentrations of Elderberry in convenient and effective lozenge form, along with Vitamin C and zinc, in both types, or some additional herbs to help the throat, for the initial version.

Product Notes:

During cold and flu season or when other sorts of respiratory infections may be going around, it can be a good idea to turn to dietary supplements with a long track record of both safety and usage, especially the ones with scientific studies behind them indicating that - and sometimes even how - they can reduce the severity of the symptoms or improve recovery times. But which ones, and in what doses?

The Elderberry & Zinc formulation from NOW Foods provides a synergistic combination of six different vitamins, minerals, and herbal medicine ingredients to simultaneously combat and relieve many different types of throat or upper respiratory infections right at the point of contact, while also supporting the immune system. This is a well thought-out blend of Zinc, Vitamin C, and four types of herbs or natural products (the last is a mixture of plant resins and pollen and bee enzymes and wax) well known to traditional medicine as means of relieving colds, flu, and sore throats: Echinacea, Elderberry, Slippery Elm, and Propolis. These all have a good deal of scientific research behind them, investigating their collective abilities to relieve inflammation, kill bacteria, help fight off bacterial and viral infections (partly by supporting blood cell function), and even to inhibit the replication of some viruses.

This first formula (which was formerly called Elder-Zinc Plus to reflect its diversity) is delivered in the form of a naturally flavoured and sweetened lozenge, both for more immediate absorption of the ingredients, and also to coat the throat with the propolis and slippery elm to relieve a sore or hoarse throat by fighting bacteria and reducing inflammation.

Alternatively, those who perhaps may not need as much with a sore throat per se as with other aspects of a cold or flu, or who may be getting a fair bit of vitamin C from other sources might prefer the new Sambucus Zinc-C (which might also be called "Sambucus Elder Zinc-C") formulation, which has 50% more elderberry in each lozenge, and comparably less vitamin C, and less total zinc, albeit from a more absorbable kind.

Related: See Douglas Laboratories Immunity and COVID-19: Healthy Living Strategies

Ingredients:

Each Elderberry & Zinc lozenge contains:

150 mg Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid and Sodium Ascorbate)
100 mg Elderberry Concentrate (Sambucus nigra L. fructus, 10:1 Extract)
25 mg Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea L., Root) Powder
25 mg Bee Propolis (2:1 extraction) Powder (from Bee Hive of the Honey Bee (Apis mellifera L.) (Apidae))
25 mg Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmus fulva)
12 mg Zinc (as Zinc Gluconate)

Non-medicinal ingredients: Sorbitol, Fructose, Cellulose, Stearic Acid (vegetable source), Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source), Silica, Natural Raspberry Flavour, Hypromellose.

Each Sambucus Zinc-C lozenge contains:

100 mg Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid)
150 mg Elderberry Concentrate (Sambucus nigra, fruit 10:1 Extract)
3 mg Zinc (from Zinc Bisglycinate) (TRAACS™)

Non-medicinal ingredients: Xylitol, Microcrystalline, Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Cellulose, Citric Acid, Natural Acai Flavour, Silica, Stearic Acid (vegetable source), Organic Stevia Leaf Extract.

TRAACS™ is a trademark of Albion Laboratories, Inc.

Both types contains no dairy, eggs, soy, nuts, or gluten. The Elderberry & Zinc type is Kosher.

Suggested Usage:

Elderberry & Zinc lozenges:

Take with food a few hours before or after taking any other medications. Allow to dissolve completely in the mouth.

Children four to eight years old: Take 1 lozenge once daily.

Children and young adolescents 9 to 13 years old: Take 1 lozenge one or two times a day.

Adults: Take 1 lozenge daily with meals for up to three weeks.

Sambucus Zinc-C lozenges:

Adults as well as children six years old and up: Chew 1 lozenge daily with food, a few hours before or after taking other medication or natural health products.

Store either type in a cool, dry place after opening.

Warnings:

Elderbery & Zinc lozenges:

Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you have an allergy to the Asteraceae/Compositae (daisy) family. Consult a health care practitioner prior to using NOW Elderberry & Zinc lozenges if you have an auto-immune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis, or progressive systemic disease (i.e. tuberculosis, leukosis, collagenosis or multiple sclerosis); or if you are taking immunosuppressants or tetracyclines; or if you are not taking adequate copper; or if you are allergic to bee products, poplar tree products, or balsam of Peru. Consult a health care practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen. Hypersensitivity (e.g. allergy) has been known to occur; in which case, discontinue use immediately.

Sambucus Zinc-C lozenges:

Xylitol is harmful to pets; seek veterinary care immediately if ingestion is suspected. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Stop use if hypersensitivity/allergy occurs. Zinc supplementation can cause a copper deficiency; if you're unsure if you're ingesting enough copper, consult a health care practitioner prior to use. A diuretic effect may occur.

Health Canada Natural Product Numbers: 80018936 for Elderberry & Zinc type; and 80110889 for the Sambucus Zinc-C.

Supporting Science:

"Black Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra) Supplementation Effectively Treats Upper Respiratory Symptoms: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trials." Complementary Therapies in Medicine 2019.

"Prevention and Treatment of Influenza, Influenza-Like Illness, and Common Cold by Herbal, Complementary, and Natural Therapies." Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017.

"Vitamin C and coronavirus." Geriatric Nursing 2020.

"Zinc and respiratory tract infections: Perspectives for COVID‑19 (Review)." International Journal of Molecular Medicine 2020.


Product Options:
Elderberry & Zinc (30 lozenges, Raspberry Flavour) - $7.49 - UPC: 733739832979
Sambucus Zinc-C (60 lozenges Acai Flavour) - $17.99 - UPC: 733739833846