Elderberry Raw Material
Elderberry Raw Material
Elderberry is a deciduous shrub of Lonicera family. Its fruit is rich in a variety of anthocyanins, flavonoids (such as phloretin, rutin) and polyphenols. As food, it can be made into jam and syrup. According to historical records, the elderberry is mainly used to prevent influenza, prevent flu and fight virus. The earliest use history can be traced back to ancient Greece. About 300 B.C., the father of modern medicine, Hippoche, called the elderberry "a natural medicine box", fully affirming the antiviral and antioxidant effects of elderberry.
At present, there are more than 1400 related research papers on elderberry in foreign journals. What is recognized is the health effect of elderberry in improving immunity. It has a large amount of scientific data to support and a strong consumer cognitive market. According to relevant research data, from 2012 to 2022, about 50 to 80 studies on elderberry were published every year, and many studies focused on its biological activity and impact on the immune system.
When influenza virus invades the human body, hemagglutinin (HA) enters the host cell through cell membrane fusion. The neuraminidase (NA) is released from the infected cells to assist the influenza virus to enter the cells and replicate and spread outward. Elderberry is rich in bioflavonoids and anthocyanins, which can inhibit the activity of HA and NA that destroys cell membrane, thus preventing the invasion and spread of virus.
In terms of raw material supply, Europe is the main production area of elderberry, and the raw material suppliers are basically concentrated in Europe. With the continuous outbreak of the epidemic, the demand for elderberry in the global market has soared rapidly, especially in the European and American markets. The raw material of elderberry is facing a shortage. Many enterprises take the opportunity to substitute the inferior and adulterated raw materials to enter the market.
In terms of terminal products, the main forms of elderberry products are powder, drops (syrup), beverages, effervescent tablets, chewing tablets, soft candy, capsules, oral liquid, etc. Soft candy is the most common and popular dosage form, and the audience group ranges from children to the elderly. It is an obvious trend that many nutrition brands for children's health have launched products with raspberries added, such as Achester's, New Sitter, Tirami, Childhood Story, Autrey, etc.
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