SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - A local woman takes a natural approach to prevent the flu. Stacey Shaffer makes elderberry syrup from scratch using wild elderberries found in our area.
She picks, boils, strains, and adds purified water and honey to make the concoction, which she claims prevents the flu.
She said, “It’s full of vitamins and nutrients that helps our bodies.”
Shaffer added, “It’s also full of antioxidants. But the Vitamin C is one of the main properties of it and Vitamin C is really good for flu prevention and also when you do have the flu.”
Shaffer has been selling the syrup for 3 years and each year business continues to pick up. She said, “A lot of moms like to take the natural route when it comes to parenting and looking for natural ways to boost the immune system that’s my main clientele.”
Washoe County Health District’s DrPH Randall Todd said elderberries could be used as treatment, but not prevention.
He said, “While it would be good to have more research on the efficacy of black elderberry for treatment purposes, I don’t know that there would be anything that would suggest that would be harmful.”
He added, “So it’s going to be at worst, its neutral, but at best it may be helpful.” DrPH Todd said more research needs to be done on elderberries and suggests to get your flu shot.
“The black elderberry is really a treatment, whereas the flu shot is a preventative. So it’s always best to prevent if we can, so we highly recommend for people to get a flu shot.”
The Washoe County Health District is offering free flu shots on October 16. The event will be held at North Valleys High School. It’s from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
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