How much elderberry syrup per day?

Are you a wise old owl who’s been using elderberry syrup for centuries and looking to mix things up? Or are you a young whipper-snapper just discovering the natural elixir that is elderberry syrup? Either way, one question remains: how much elderberry syrup should you be taking each day?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with all the juicy details on dosages for this berrylicious supplement.

The Benefits of Elderberry

Before diving into optimal dosages, let’s take a moment to appreciate why elderberries are so fantastic in the first place.

Elderberries have become quite popular over recent years due to their many health benefits. These little purple powerhouses can help boost your immune system, relieve cold and flu symptoms, reduce inflammation and act as an antioxidant.

Plus they’re delicious! (When turned into syrup form – please don’t go chomping down on raw berries without proper preparation.)

Dosage Guidelines

So now that we’re energized about our love for elderberries, let’s get back to business.

According to, “the standard dose of elderberry when used as medicine in capsules or syrups…is 500 milligrams twice daily.” This would equate roughly to 1 teaspoon of syrup twice daily (ie. morning and night).

While there is no known “overdose” amount for consuming too much elderberry extract or juice (for those do-it-yourselfers), it is still recommended that adults stick to 1-2 teaspoons per day while children should not exceed 1 teaspoon per day.

It is also noteworthy that people with underlying autoimmune diseases may want to avoid consuming large amounts of fruit extracts like blackcurrant and/or blueberries which can exacerbate existing conditions such as arthritis by provoking oxidative stress responses from free radical damage.

But Wait, What Type of Elderberry Syrup Should You Take?

Scouring the internet for elderberry syrup can be a bit overwhelming – there are so many options available! From organic to sugar-free to DIY kits where you make your own from home-grown berries, it’s hard to know what variety is best.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting your elderberry syrup:

  1. Look for standardized extracts which use specified doses and types of extract per serving. This ensures that you’re getting exactly what you need with every spoonful!

  2. If making homemade berry juice or extractions: consult with a medical professional beforehand as elderflower and/or leaf blends may have increased risks when consumed in high amounts over long periods due to naturally occurring toxins within them.

  3. Aim for liquids rather than pills or capsules whenever possible since there is evidence suggesting bioavailability differences between these forms.

Special Cases

But wait! There’s more!

While anyone can appreciate the benefits of snacking on some delicious (elder)berries now and then, certain situations require extra care before consuming any supplements that could affect immune function such as pregnancy or nursing mothers who should always clear herbal remedies with their healthcare provider first before trying anything new.

Other groups who should approach elderberry products cautiously include children under 6 months old/ individuals taking immunosuppressive medications like prednisone OR individuals undergoing chemotherapy regimens given interactions along similar pathways that boost one’s primary defense mechanisms against infection by altering cytokine release patterns needed for effective immune response activation or protecting tissues/from damage caused by chronic inflammation processes happening elsewhere throughout an individual’s body.


So there we have it – everything we ever wanted (and didn’t want) to know about how much elderberry syrup we should take each day!

Just remember: too little won’t give us all the benefits, but too much can potentially cause undesired side effects. Always consult with your healthcare professional whenever starting any new supplements – even if they’re as sweet and delicious as elderberries!

Random Posts