Maine Medicinals

Anthoimmune Elderberry Syrup

It’s all in the berries

Did you know the elderberry has the highest concentration of antioxidants of any berry in the world? It’s no surprise to Edie and Geo Johnston, who run the largest organic elderberry orchard in the U.S.

The mother-son team founded Maine Medicinals with a mission to create plant-based medicines and herbal supplements from organic, sustainable sources. Today we’re featuring their anthoimmune Elderberry Syrup, which combines
elderberries, elderflowers, and wild Maine blueberries (grown by Geo’s sister Lindsay) to deliver a powerful antioxidant punch. The syrup is designed for everyday use, to promote immune strength and help fight flu symptoms. You can take it straight (elderberries taste a bit like figs) or add it to a beverage, such as tea or a smoothie.

The natural benefits of elderberries have been lauded for centuries. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, touted the health-giving properties of elderberries back in the fifth century B.C. With Edie and Geo’s elderberry syrup, you get the benefits of ancient herbal traditions—combined with the reassurance that Maine Medicinals is a certified organic processor and manufacturer of standardized nutraceuticals and herbal supplements. It’s the ideal ancient-modern combo.
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  • Edie

    Hello and Happy New Year from Maine Medicinals,

    I am here today to talk with you about how you can support your immune system with powerful, locally grown and organic antioxidant rich elderberries. Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine, called elderberries his “medicine chest” and elderberries have been used traditionally to fight cold and flu-like symptoms.

    Anthoimmune™ is the only certified organic elderberry syrup produced in the Unites States. It is prepared with organic elderberries elderflowers and wild Maine blueberries, all grown on our organic farm in Dresden, Maine. Anthoimmune™ provides therapeutic levels of antioxidants, including beneficial flavonoids, to support overall immune system function.

    Being the first week of the New Year, many of you may have made a resolution to support your health with natural and organic products. Why not start each day of 2011 with a teaspoon of our delicious organic elderberry syrup.

    To your health and happiness in the New Year.

  • Kelly McKee
    Kelly McKee
    1/4/2011 1:08 PM

    Anthoimmune is the best! My entire family takes it daily and my son is the healthiest kid in his preschool. It tastes good and keeps you healthy. What more could you want?

  • Gina
    1/4/2011 1:13 PM

    Great product! I am curious to know if Anthoimmune will offer any additional benefits for my skin in terms anti-aging properties? Thanks a bunch!



  • Edie
    Edie – Special Guest
    1/4/2011 2:22 PM

    @Gina: Anthoimmune delivers a concentration of antioxidants, and antioxidants are reliably associated with anti-aging properties. I especially like the benefits that elderflowers offer for promoting healthy skin. Elderflowers contain specific flavonoids valued for their anti-inflammatory properties; quercetin, rutin, and kaempferol to name three. What you are getting in a serving of anthoimmune is a comprehensive antioxidant array, and we know the many benefits of antioxidants.

    Thank you for your question.

  • Meaghan
    1/4/2011 1:39 PM

    Hello! Very interested in your product as I'm a huge fan of Acai and its benefits. Can you tell me how your product relates, is better, or compliments Acai?

  • Edie
    Edie – Special Guest
    1/4/2011 2:42 PM

    @Meaghan: One good way to compare antioxidant rich fruits is to look at their ORAC rating, or Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. In May 2010, the USDA published its 2nd release of a document that compares hundreds of antioxidant rich foods. According to this document, an acai juice blend has an ORAC rating of 1,767 while elderberries have an ORAC rating of 14,697. Elderberries not only demonstrate a higher antioxidant capacity, but are also local (we grow our own elderberries). You do not need to look to the tropics for great sources of antioxidants, they are right in our backyards.

  • Julia
    1/4/2011 2:08 PM

    This is a great Grommet! I love elderflower cordial to make cocktails, so I bet this tastes great. I noticed it can be used in a smoothie, and I read it can be used in tea. Do temperature or other ingredients affect the stability/bio-availability of the antioxidants and other "goodness" in the syrup? Is it best to have it at room temperature on its own?

  • Edie
    Edie – Special Guest
    1/4/2011 3:13 PM

    @Julia: Elderflowers are incredible, and are an important constituent in anthoimmune. Anthoimmune can easily be added to either hot or cold beverages without adversely affecting the stability or bio-availability of the formula. Antioxidants are, in general, stable at a wide range of temperatures. Tea is no problem. A lot of people love to add their anthoimmune to a morning or evening cup of tea. I like to take a teaspoon of anthoimmune, on its own, at room temperature every morning.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/4/2011 2:12 PM

    All great question! Edie will be stopping by shortly to respond.

  • Dee
    1/4/2011 3:02 PM

    The video won't play. It says it's unavailable.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/4/2011 3:32 PM

    @Dee: It is working for us on our end, is it still unavailable to you?

  • Dee
    1/4/2011 4:32 PM

    @Katherine Klinger:

    It's working now. Thank you! :)

  • Joan Gillies
    Joan Gillies
    1/4/2011 3:15 PM

    Could you please give me a complete listing of the ingredient content in your elderberry syrup?

    Thank you.

  • Edie
    Edie – Special Guest
    1/4/2011 3:49 PM

    @Joan Gillies: Anthoimmune is a preparation of Maine grown, certified organic elderberries (S.nigra and S.canadensis), Elderflowers, and Wild Maine Blueberries; a certified organic raw agave nectar and about 5% organic alcohol (used in one of the tincturing processes). The label also lists citric acid as an ingredient, however we have not needed to use any to date.

  • Betsy
    1/4/2011 4:51 PM

    Hello! I'm excited about this! I read the details about dosing proportions, but I'm wondering how long the 8 oz. bottle would last if just taking the 1 tsp. per day dosage? I'm curious as to how much would need to be purchased, especially if there is more than one person in my household using it.


  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/4/2011 4:56 PM

    @Betsy: It's a good math equation! There are 48 tsp in a cup, and a cup = 8fl oz. so my answer is 48! (We'll see what Edie's is!)

  • Betsy
    1/5/2011 5:29 PM

    @Katherine Klinger:

    Thanks so much! I wasn't at home & couldn't look up how many tsp.'s were in a cup, so Thank You for responding. Much appreciated!

  • Edie
    Edie – Special Guest
    1/4/2011 5:02 PM

    @Betsy: The 8oz bottle contains 48 single teaspoon servings. We consider this a full 6 week supply for an individual. We feel that one teaspoon daily is sufficient to maintain your immune system, and to feel the benefits of anthoimmune.

  • Betsy
    1/5/2011 5:31 PM

    @Edie Johnston:

    Thanks! That was just what I needed as well as the info that Katherine Klinger provided above. Much appreciated!

  • Patricia
    1/4/2011 9:54 PM

    My dil,24, has RA. She has been a great deal of pain after an auto accident. What benefits, if any, can the elderberry syrup do for her? I am also interested in if it can be of use for hypothyroid, diabetes, etc Thank you.

  • Edie
    Edie – Special Guest
    1/5/2011 11:16 AM

    @Patricia: Thanks for your question. I think you will like what anthoimmune has to offer.

    Since anthoimmune has a low estimated glycemic load, it can be taken by individuals who carefully monitor their intake of sugar. At Maine Medicinals one focus of our phytomedicinal research is to better understand the important role the antioxidants found in elderberries, blueberries and elderflowers have in supporting individuals with diabetes and other conditions associated with free radical damage. Increasing evidence in both experimental and clinical studies suggests that oxidative stress plays a major role in the pathogenesis of both types of diabetes mellitus.

    Regarding you question regarding the possible role of antioxidants in the treatment of RA: There is a compelling body of current research on the benefits of antioxidants in individuals with RA and other autoimmune diseases and the role antioxidants can play in neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals can cause tissue damage. In normal physiology the free radicals produced in the body are neutralised by antioxidants. In inflammatory diseases like RA free radicals may perpetuate tissue damage. Generally, research suggests a preventive and an adjuvant role of antioxidant supplementation or intake of natural dietary antioxidants in RA patients. In an article entitled, Antioxidants And Rheumatoid Arthritis," by Annil Mahajan and Vishal R Tandon, the reserchers concluded that antioxidants do play an important role, but therapeutic efficacy, dose, duration and appropriate timing of administration of antioxidant supplementation to derive best possible results are still not fully established.

    Regarding hypothyroidishm and antioxidants, there is a site we like: "Eating Healthy for Hyperthyroidism," . The authors state, " Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are antioxidant-rich foods that reduce symptoms associated with hypothyroidism.

    I hope this answers your questions.

  • Melisa
    1/10/2011 6:52 PM

    This stuff is sooo yummy! I can't believe you grow the berries yourself! I was able to meet your son at a Whole Foods on elegant evening before. Keep up the awesome job!

  • Jessica
    12/14/2011 12:41 AM

    How does Anthoimmune elderberry syrup help someone who has High Blood Pressure and is on High Blood Pressure Medication?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/14/2011 11:52 AM

    @Jess: I have sent your question on to Edie and will let you know what she says. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Edie
    Edie – Special Guest
    12/20/2011 12:27 PM

    @Jess: Several clinical studies indicate that antioxidants have the ability to help boost the immune system and promote overall health and well being, but Maine Medicinals does not have any information on the use of anthoimmune in persons with high blood pressure, and no current evidence including records in a literature search demonstrates that elderberries lowers blood pressure. We can say that according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, elderberry is recognized as an excellent source of potassium, which is an essential mineral for regulating your blood pressure and according to the Linus Pauling Institute, vitamin C is a heart-healthy antioxidant, and a potential benefit of a high intake is that it may lower blood pressure in individuals with hypertension. Elderberries are a good source of vitamin C, and are an excellent source of antioxidants including anthocyanins.

  • Deb
    2/12/2012 2:23 AM


    I was just wondering if you knew if this would help with skin conditions such as psoriasis which is an autoimmune condition?

  • Edie
    Edie – Special Guest
    2/13/2012 10:59 PM

    @Deb: Hi Deb, Thank you for your question.

    Anthoimmune delivers high levels of antioxidants including anthocyanins and polyphenolics and was formulated to provide overall immune system support. You are correct in your understanding that psoriasis is an immunological condition. There does seem to be quite a bit of anecdotal information that a large intake of antioxidants may down regulate the genetic expression of skin diseases, and published antioxidant research is indicating that antioxidants can aid in the the repair of damaging free radical cells. However, we do not have any information on the use of anthoimmune with persons having psoriasis and no current evidence definitively links elderflowers or elderberries to the treatment psoriasis.

  • Sandy Collins
    Sandy Collins
    3/10/2012 4:03 PM

    Hi Edie,

    We spoke back in September and I ordered about six bottles of the Elderberrry syrup from you. I am happy to report that my husband and I went through the winter without catching anything! One minor cold sore that we both had was it. We are almost out and I am going to order my next batch. Thank you so much for having such a wonderful product without a lot of sugar!

    Sandy Collins

  • Pat
    10/22/2012 8:06 AM

    How is your elderberry syrup prepared? I'm concerned that it may be heated to the point where some of the natural benefit is destroyed.

    Also do you sell it in dried form?

  • Edie
    Edie – Special Guest
    10/23/2012 8:46 AM

    @Pat: Thank you for your question.

    The process we use to create anthoimmune begins with fresh elderberries and elderflowers that we grow on our certified organic farm. We test each batch for safety and efficacy to ensure that anthoimmune has consistently high levels of antioxidants. We use minimal heat in our processes, which are based on our federally funded research in to phytonutrient retention during processing.

    We are not selling anthoimmune in a dried from at this time.

  • Pat
    10/22/2012 8:06 AM

    How is your elderberry syrup prepared? I'm concerned that it may be heated to the point where some of the natural benefit is destroyed.

    Also do you sell it in dried form?

  • Vicki
    10/24/2012 5:07 PM

    Edie, I am having a hard time pouring a tsp from the 8oz bottle without dripping it all over. I do not want to lose any of this wonderful syrup. PS-I do know how to pour! :-)

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