In the past few years, there has been a deluge of proof that links polyphenolic ingredients to "improved measures of gut health."
Desaminotyrosine (DAT), a compound that acts as a metabolite in the gut once key flavonoids in elderberry are consumed, can help boost protection from influenza. This means that "a healthy balance" between gut microbiota and flavonoid-rich foods or supplements such as elderberry can significantly improve immune health.
Researchers have struggled to answer questions about bioavailability throughout the years. Countless studies have determined the benefits, but the question remains: If only a small fraction of the alleged active ingredients reach the blood and "interact with tissues beyond endothelium," what happens in the body?
Since there is no centralized method of action, it was hard to answer this question. It also made it difficult to determine the best way to enhance the function of specific ingredients.
Both flavonoids and anthocyanins have puzzled scientists since they have low bioavailability.
When it comes to immune support, a clearer "mechanism of action" was starting to form for elderberry.
Thanks to research about the role of DAT, we are now one step closer to learning how the gut is linked to these effects as both a "transport system from ingestion point A (the mouth)" all the way to "activity point B (the immune cells in the blood.)"
Researchers are now getting a clearer picture of how DAT affects the immune response, and how the microbiome and the anthocyanins are closely linked. Based on the data available so far, blends and products can soon result in something that will offer multiple health benefits. With enough research, it will be easier to determine why a lot of botanical products include both "responders and non-responders."
If you're not yet convinced, here are the other benefits of elderberries:
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