Norm's Farms Elderberry Wellness Syrup ReviewThe second product from Norm’s Farms that we were sent to review is their Elderberry Wellness Syrup.

Norm’s Farms Elderberry Wellness Syrup helps to relieve coughs, cold and and flu. If you like the taste of honey, cloves and cinnamon, then you will love the taste of this stuff.  I certainly do.

Norm’s Farms Elderberry Wellness Syrup ingredients include: Elderberry, Water, Honey, Cinnamon, Cloves, Sugar (less than 1% by volume), Xanthan Gum, (less than .04% by volume), Malic Acid* (less than .04% by volume).

Their Elderberry Wellness Syrup contains the Elderberry Extract that we reviewed last week.  You can read our Norm’s Farms Elderberry Extract Review and also learn more about the benefits of elderberry.

I love that it comes in glass bottles.

The recommended serving is one to two tablespoons several times a day.  I might have overdosed!

I am a big fan of this stuff and really wish I would have had it available when I was a kid.  TASTES 1 billion times better than cough syrup.

Buy Norm’s Farms Elderberry Wellness Syrup online.

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Here is our arrival video:

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And our final review video:

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QUICK! You can also get 1 of everything they manufacture by buying their sampler pack or try your luck and win some in our March 2014 giveaway!

We received the Norm’s Farms Elderberry Wellness Syrup for review from the manufacturer.  Receiving the free product did not influence this post.

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Norm’s Farms Elderberry Extract Review

by admin on March 20, 2014

Norm’s Farms reached out to me to see if I would be interested in reviewing their products that are made with elderberries.  I love the health benefits of elderberries, Norm's Farms Elderberry Extract Reviewso, of course, I was interested.

We received one of each of the products they currently produce:

  • Norm’s Farms Elderberry Extract
  • Norm’s Farms Elderberry Wellness Syrup
  • Norm’s Farms Elderberry Jam
  • Norm’s Farms Elderberry Ginger Pecan Jam
  • Norm’s Farms Elderberry Jelly

You can also get 1 of everything they manufacture by buying their sampler pack or try your luck and win some in our March 2014 giveaway!

It can be hard reviewing a product like Norm’s Farms Elderberry Extract – really the only things to evaluate are:

  • taste
  • packaging
  • experience with company

There is no way for me to truly know the antioxidant benefits without being on a trial with blood work and what not.

So, let’s first talk about the taste.  I was very impressed with the taste.  Although Norm’s Farms says it’s not a “ready to drink” beverage, I beg to differ.  I have no issues with the taste whatsoever.  But if need be, you can always add it to some orange juice, as I do in our final review video below.

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I love the packaging.  It is hip – just like their website and everything arrived to me in the mail safe and sound.  There is just something wonderful about a glass bottle too…something that plastic just can’t match.

You can see the packaging more in the arrival video:

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I have been very impressed with my experience with Norm’s Farms.  I asked Ann, one of the company’s owners, if I could ask her some questions for the review.  She didn’t hesitate and sent me her responses.  You can see our exchange below.

Norm's Farms Elderberry Extract Nutrition FactsYour bottle says that your Elderberry Extract is made in North Carolina?  But the farm is in Missouri?  So are the elderberries grown in Missouri or North Carolina?
Elderberries are grown on our farm in Missouri and on our small plot of land in North Carolina…that’s why we are called Norm’s Farms!  Although we’d love to be able to grow all the elderberries we need, we are also buying elderberries from other family farmers.  The past three years of summer weather in Missouri has been pretty hard on the elderberry orchard and harvests have been poor, and we simply don’t grow enough in North Carolina to meet our needs.  We recently purchased a good quantity of beautiful, naturally grown elderberries from a grower in Canada, and we are developing relationships with start-up elderberry farmers throughout the US to ensure that we have a supply of elderberries grown without the use of herbicides and pesticides.   Many of the farmers we talk to have been struggling with the crazy weather…extreme drought followed by extreme flooding, and elderberries are not immune to either.  We are praying for a “Goldilocks” summer this year for all farmers; not too hot, not too cold, not too wet, not too dry…just right!  Farmers really need a break from climate change this year.

Why would someone want to take Elderberry Extract?
Elderberry is an old-time remedy for cold, cough, flu, and sinus infections and was used throughout the ages to treat a variety of other ailments too.  Elderberry used to be known as “the medicine for the common people” and was considered one of the “must have” plants for the home garden.  The folk wisdom associated with elderberry had all but disappeared in the last century as people abandoned the wisdom of their grandparents for the new and shiny promise of modern medicine.  Modern medicine and the pharmaceutical market have developed many amazing drugs and procedures that have lengthened life expectancy and provided cures to diseases that used to kill us.  There have  been many mistakes made along the way, too, and we, as a people, have come to be wary of the side-effects associated with today’s modern pharmaceuticals.  For some ailments we are re-discovering that the best way to restore our health can be found in the practices of our ancestors: eating whole foods grown naturally and turning to nature for remedies whenever possible.  As an example, there are many “over the counter” pharmaceutical remedies for relieving the symptoms associated with cold and flu but as it turns out, none of them, not even Tamiflu, are as effective as elderberry!  The plant has many scientists so intrigued that they have applied for and received large research grants in order to uncover the mechanism(s) that give elderberry its anti-viral and health promoting properties.

Elderberry seems to boost the immune system, too.  For that reason, people with auto-immune diseases should consult with their doctors before taking elderberry, as it may exacerbate the symptoms associated with an auto-immune disease.

What’s the recommended daily intake and why?
Norm's Farms Elderberry ExtractFolk wisdom says that one ounce (2 tablespoons) of Elderberry Extract is the recommended daily serving for general immune system support.  There are good reasons not to take more than that.  Elderberry has diuretic and laxative properties and each person needs to watch how their body reacts to elderberry and adjust accordingly.  Most people have no trouble with one to two tablespoons a day.  Interestingly, a recent study* conducted by the University of East Anglia Norwich Medical School found that people who regularly consumed foods high in flavones, specifically anthocyanins, were far less likely to develop type 2 diabetes and other diseases associated with inflammation.  Another study** found that people who ate foods high in anthocyanin content reduced their incidence of heart attack by 33%!
*http://health.yahoo.net/articles/diabetes/possible-diabetes-protection-chocolate-tea-and-berries
**http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/777638

If I am sick, should I take more?
Elderberry is most effective at combating colds, flu and sinus infections if you begin taking it at the first sign of symptoms.  At our house, we’ll consume as much as 4 ounces over the course of one day when we first notice the symptoms, and usually feel completely well in about 24 hours.  Again, each person should start with one or two tablespoons a day and find out how their body reacts to it before increasing the serving size.

If I am sick, will the Elderberry Extract be just fine, or should I have the Elderberry Wellness Syrup instead?
We think or our Elderberry Wellness Syrup as the perfect comfort medicine for those times when we are sick.  We chose the ingredients in the syrup carefully; elderberry is anti-viral, honey is great for relieving sore throats and calming coughs, cloves are a natural analgesic, and cinnamon is a natural antibiotic.***  By Norm's Farms Elderberry Extract in orange juicevolume the Wellness Syrup is about 1/3 elderberry, which means you can take more of the Wellness Syrup  than the Extract in any given day.  We recommend mixing an ounce of Wellness Syrup in a cup of hot water to make a great tea…so soothing on sore throats and helps open up the sinuses, too.  All of that said, the extract works just fine, too!
***http://readynutrition.com/resources/the-antibiotic-properties-of-cinnamon_20092013/

Do you drink your Elderberry Extract?  How much and how often?
Elderberry Extract is not a “ready to drink” beverage all by itself, but it is a great ingredient in many amazing beverage recipes.  Mixing it into sparkling water, hot or cold tea, adding it to your favorite smoothie or juice recipe, or mixing it with sparkling cider are all great options.  Try mixing a tablespoon of Elderberry Extract in your favorite juice (orange- mango is ours!)…for a colorful and delicious morning drink.

What are some of the ways your customers use the Elderberry Extract product?
We love it when customers tell us the fun and inventive ways they have found to use Elderberry Extract!  We’ve been told that a tablespoon of Extract poured over strawberry ice cream is amazing, and people have sent us pictures of our Extract drizzled over their morning bowl of oatmeal.  One of our customers wrote to us this morning to tell us of an amazing teriyaki glaze they made with our Elderberry Extract.  One of the fun things I do every month is develop recipes that use one of our 5 elderberry products, and my creations using the Extract include glazes, sauces, juicing recipes, and salad dressings.

Any tips on how to get Elderberry Extract stains out of your clothes?
Elderberry is completely water soluble!  All you need is a little soap and water to remove Elderberry Extract from your clothing.

What is a water extract method?  Why do you use it?
The water extract method is simply using a bath of gently heated water to extract the juice from the berries.  We use that method because it’s the simplest, cleanest, purest way to extract juice from an elderberry.   Because an elderberry is very small, and about 50% of each berry is a small, hard seed, we can’t use the press method: the seeds clog up the press and shut the press down.  Other extract methods include a steam method (which requires heating the berries to 400 degrees), or using alcohol or some other chemical to pull the juice out of the berries.

What is erythorbic acid? How do you preserve your products?
Erythorbic Acid used to be known as “isoascorbic acid” and contains all the same molecules as vitamin C, but the molecules are arranged differently.  It is most commonly derived from vegetables, specifically the sugar within the vegetables.  It is widely used as an antioxidant in processed foods to retain color (prevent the food from turning brown, a natural result of oxidation).  We chose to eliminate it from our recipe because a) it is most likely made from either sugar beets or corn, both of which are most likely to be GMO, and b) because our supplier can no longer guarantee that the Erythorbic acid we buy is NOT made from corn, which presents a real problem for people with corn allergies, and c) because we make our products in small batches that are sold and consumed within a month of two of processing, we don’t have to worry about oxidation.  We bet that people would prefer to not have that ingredient in our recipes and to confirm our hunch we surveyed our customers just last week.  When asked how they felt about the recipe change (removing the Erythorbic Acid)  81.5 % of respondents chose “I’m happy!”, 7.89% chose “I feel somewhat positive about it”, 10.53% chose “I don’t have any feelings about it one way or another”, and 0% chose the last two options which were “I feel somewhat negative about it” or “I don’t like it.”  Our customers want simple, real food with the fewest number of added ingredients, and, as consumers of food ourselves, we completely agree!  We derive a great deal of pride and satisfaction from being able to create the best tasting, most natural elderberry products on the market!

Elderberry juice is not naturally acidic.  For food safety reasons we need to add an acidifier in order to produce a product that can be bottled and stored and be safe for consumption when that bottle is opened.  We played around with a lot of different acidifiers and rejected lemon juice because it altered the flavor of the elderberry extract too much, and of all the powdered acidifiers we could choose from, malic acid seemed the best.  It is derived from apples, and is the least tart of all the acidifiers available, so it allows the flavor of elderberry to shine through.
Buy Norm’s Farms Elderberry Extract.

We received the Norm’s Farms Elderberry Extract for review from the manufacturer.  Receiving the free product did not influence this post.

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Norm’s Farms approached us to see if we’d be interested in reviewing their products and having a giveaway – we said, “Yes!” to both. So up for grabs this month is a set of Norm’s Farms 5 products (see photo)!

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Giveaway Details:

  • # of winners: 1
  • Prize: one each of Norm’s Farms 5 products (see photo), about a 50.00 value
  • Open to Addresses in: USA ONLY

To enter for a chance to win a set of Norm’s Farms 5 products:

  1. SUBSCRIBE subscribe to our e-mail updates (if you’re already subscribed to our e-mail updates and are an ACTIVE subscriber, then you don’t need to re-subscribe – you’re already entered!).
  2. COMMENTleave a comment below letting us know why you want to win!
  3. SHARE – For additional chances to win (up to 5 more chances – one for each social media network you post it on), share this giveaway Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+ or YouTube, and leave a separate comment for each social network that you post it on – to let me know that you shared.  Be sure to use the following hashtag: #giveaway and these Twitter handles: @antioxifruits @normsfarms when you post!  For example, you could post, “Enter to win our March Antioxidant-fruits.com #Giveaway: Norm’s Farms Elderberry Products @normsfarms http://ow.ly/u2Z7Z #elderberry”

This giveaway ends on March 31, 2014 at 11:59pm.  You may enter up to 7 times by doing the things listed above and a random winner will be chosen in a drawing on April 1, 2014.  The giveaway is open to all addresses in the USA.

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*No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Winners will be alerted via e-mail. The winner(s) of the giveaway are required to give Antioxidant-fruits a physical address (to which the prize will be mailed) within 72 hours.  If a reply email containing the physical address where the prize should be mailed is not received, alternate winner(s) will be chosen again by random. Winners may or may not be announced in a separate post following the drawing.

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White Grapes

by admin on February 27, 2014

White Grapes

White Grapes are also a great source of antioxidants like their sibling, purple grapes. They are also an excellent source of dietary fiber, which, as we know, can protect against heart disease and gastrointestinal complaints.

Some nutritional benefits are:

  • Vitamin C
  • Dietary Fiber

They can help with:

  • Antioxidant Protection
  • Gastrointestinal Health

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Benefits of Elderberry

by admin on February 26, 2014

Elderberries by AlaskapineThere are many benefits of elderberry plants and people have been using them for years for their antioxidant properties. The juice was even used as a treatment for the flu epidemic that threatened Panama in 1995.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary gives the elderberry description as: “the edible black or red berrylike drupe of any of a genus (Sambucus) of shrubs or trees of the honeysuckle family bearing flat clusters of small white or pink flowers.”

Many parts of the plant are used to help cure many different aliments. The leaves of the elderberry tree are mashed and used in various creams to help alleviate skin disorders such as eczema. They can also be used as a topical anti-inflammatory salve to treat arthritis. The bark is ground up and used to cure stomach ailments such as constipation or used as an aid to prevent water retention.

The berries of the elderberry plant are most often used and referenced when discussing the elderberry benefits. The berries have a deep pigmentation that is important to the antioxidant property of the berry. The natural, organic pigmentation contains many amino acids that are vital to our health. The berries also have high levels of tannins, carotenoids and flavonoids which work as a natural diuretic. The berries have twice the antioxidant properties of that of blueberries and cranberries.

One of the most amazing benefits of elderberry is that they are believed to boost the immune system. People that take elderberry during cold and flu season report less symptoms then people who don’t take it. It is even being researched in reference to people with HIV.

Elderberries are also known to help with various nervous disorders. By improving the physical health of those that take it often helps improve the nervous system of the consumer.
It is important to note that Elderberry should never be consumed raw. It contains both hydrocyanic acid and sambucine alkaloids that can cause severe stomach upset. It is best to incorporate them into your diet by incorporating recipes that contain elderberry.

For more elderberry information and recipes containing elderberry check out the following websites:

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The Elder Berry – Sambucus

by admin on February 25, 2014

Elderberry FruitPhoto courtesy of Roger Butterfield

Elderberry Description:
The elder berry (Sambucus) is a shrub of the larger variety, reaching between 5-8 meters in height. Sometimes they are trees that are 15 meters in height, usually the trunk of which is 30-60 cm in diameter.

Scientific classification

  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • (unranked): Angiosperms
  • (unranked): Eudicots
  • (unranked): Asterids
  • Order: Dipsacales
  • Family: Adoxaceae
  • Genus: Sambucus

There are 5 different types of the elder berry.

  • Common Elder
  • Blackberry Elder
  • Red-berried Elder
  • Australian Elder
  • Dwarf Elder

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Photo to left courtesy of Cornell University- Horticulture Elders are found all over the world, like the Southern Elder found in South America, the American Elder in eastern North America, the Blueberry Elder in western North America, the Chinese Elder in southeastern Asia, the Mexican Elder in Mexico and Central America, the Black Elder in Europe and Western Europe, Madeira Elder on Madeira Island, the Canary Islands Elder on the Canary Islands, the Peruvian Elder in northwest South America, the Florida Elder in the southeastern United States, the Andean Elder in north South America, the North China Red Elder in northeast Asia, the Yellow Elder in New Guinea, eastern Australia, the Australian Elder in south eastern Australia, the Asian Dwarf Elder in the Himalayas and eastern Asia, and the European Dwarf Elder in central and southern Europe, northwest Africa and southwest Asia.

The flowers of the Black elder (Sambucus nigra) are used to make a liqueur. The French, Austrians, Croatians and the Swiss use the extract from the elderflower blossom as a substitute for blueberries in pancakes, for example.

Wine and cordials are made from elderberries. The umbels of the elderberry flower are batter coated, deep fried and served with cinnamon as a dessert or a sweet lunch in Italy and Germany.

Elderberry Benefits:

  • treating Influenza A and B
  • antioxidants (flavonoids) – stimulates the immune system
  • anthocyanins (anti-inflammatories) – relief of aches, pains and fever
  • antiviral
  • antibiotic
  • antibacterial
  • sooths upper respiratory problems
  • diuretic – natural intestinal cleanser
  • anti-inflammatory
  • promotes circulation, kidney function and good lymphatic system health

They are high in:

  • antioxidants (flavonoids)
  • anthocyanins (anti-inflammatories)
  • ORAC value

Source Link: USDA for Elderberry Flavonoid Research Page

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Elderberries in Stewart Falls, Utah by Raspberrytart.

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Thank you to Superberries for sponsoring another giveaway!

Superberries Gift Basket Giveaway February 2014

Giveaway Details:

  • # of winners: 1
  • Prize: Basket of Superberries product and gear:
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  2. COMMENTleave a comment below letting us know why you want to win!
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This giveaway ends on February 28, 2014 at 11:59pm.  You may enter up to 7 times by doing the things listed above and a random winner will be chosen in a drawing on March 1, 2014.  The giveaway is open to all addresses in the continental USA.

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Lemon

by admin on December 16, 2013

DSC05996Lemon refers to both a whole plant, Citrus limon, and to the fruit that it produces. Lemon nutrition has a lot to offer to the health conscious individual. Slightly less than two lemons supplies 88% of the RDA of vitamin C (that is, this quantity of lemons will on average provide 53 milligrams of vitamin C; the RDA is 60 milligrams). Lemons provide the highest amounts of citrate of any of the citrus fruits; citrate Is an important nutrient in the prevention of the formation of kidney stones (more on this below). Lemons are also a good source of potassium, folate, and antioxidant flavonoids that have a wide spectrum of beneficial biological effects. Due to the presence of the aforementioned nutrients, lemon health benefits are numerous.

Research performed by Roger L. Sur, MD, at the University of California San Diego demonstrated dramatic reductions in kidney stone formation in patients who consumed reconstituted lemon juice in water on a daily basis (four ounces of juice in two liter of water reduced average stone formation from 1.00 to 0.13 stones per patient). The vitamin C content of lemons prevents the development of a vitamin C deficiency disease known as scurvy; in addition, vitamin C, like the aforementioned flavonoids, is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants have shown a great deal of potential in the prevention and alleviation of cancer.

Vitamin C also enhances the absorption of iron from the gastrointestinal tract, which is an important consideration for those suffering from anemia. Potassium is crucial in the maintenance of healthy nerve and heart functioning, and folate is an especially important nutrient for pregnant women who wish to ensure healthy birth outcomes for their children. Keeping all of these considerations in mind, there’s no reason not to reach for some lemonade when you need a refreshing, healthy drink!

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Orange

by admin on December 13, 2013

DSC05990Oranges are one of the more enduringly popular types of citrus fruit, and, in fact, may be the fruit that most readily springs to mind when people think of citrus fruits. Oranges are the fruit of a citrus species known as Citrus sinensis. Types of oranges include (but are not limited to) Valencia, Hamlin, Navel and Blood oranges. Orange health benefits include the prevention of scurvy, the prevention of kidney stones, the prevention of the oxidation of “bad cholesterol”/LDL (which, in turn, prevents the formation of arterial plaque), the prevention of arterial blood clots, inhibition of the growth of cancer cells, and much, much more. Orange nutrition is an important part of a healthy diet, as it supplies vitamin C, citrate, folate, potassium, and flavonoids that have a broad spectrum of beneficial biological activities. For example, vitamin C and flavonoids are powerful antioxidants; that is, they prevent the damaging effects of free radicals on cellular functioning. Vitamin C has also been shown to enhance the absorption of iron from the gastrointestinal tract. Potassium is a mineral that Is essential for maintaining proper nerve and heart function, and potassium is useful in the prevention and treatment of hypertension. Folate (also known as vitamin B9) is crucial in the synthesis, repair and methylation of DNA, among other important biological roles that it plays; sufficient folate intake during pregnancy is protective against a variety of birth defects, including neural tube defects and congenital heart defects. As you can see, oranges aren’t just tasty treats – they’re healthy powerhouses that will make a wonderful addition to your diet!

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Lime

by admin on December 12, 2013

limeLime refers to both to a plant, Citrus aurantofolia, as well as the fruit that it produces. Lime nutrition can be an important part of a healthy, balanced diet, as limes – like other citrus fruits – are good sources of vitamin C, flavonoids, potassium, folate, and citrate.

There are a number of important lime health benefits. Historically, one of the most important lime health benefits was the prevention of scurvy; the widespread use of limes by the British navy led to the use of the colloquial term “limey” to describe British sailors. While limes do contain vitamin C, they contain far less of it than do lemons or oranges. In addition to its role in the prevention of scurvy, vitamin C has numerous other health benefits, including enhancement of gastrointestinal absorption of vitamin C, reductions in blood histamine levels, improvement in psychological and physiological stress response, and powerful antioxidant activity that is useful in the prevention of cancer.  The citrate present in limes is beneficial in reducing the DSC05997formation of kidney stones, although it should be kept in mind that lemons are the most important dietary source of citrate among the citrus fruits. Potassium and folate play integral roles in the maintenance of general health, and folate in particular is of special importance in ensuring healthy birth outcomes in pregnant women.

The flavonoids present in citrus fruits, including lime, have a potent antioxidant action that is complementary to that of vitamin C. Adding limes to your diet  – either as is (if you can handle it!) or as an ingredient in various foods and drinks – is an excellent option for improving your overall health.

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