Canadian Elderberries

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The Power of Polyphenols
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Powerful natural antioxidant

Natural antioxidants easily available with its polyphenol concentrate, IMMUN Canada The polyphenols in elderberries are molecules with antioxidant capacities that provide health benefits. These molecules help to combat the formation of excess free radicals in the body.

According to an article written by Dr. Richard Béliveau (Les polyphénols, molécules de longévité. Journal de Montréal, 11 novembre 2013),  a large number of epidemiology studies have shown that high consumption of polyphenol-rich foods is associated with a significant decrease in chronic diseases.

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Inflammation is the immune system’s normal protective response to an injury or negative external stimulus such as pathogens, allergens and other irritants. Inflammation serves to overcome infections and repair damaged tissues.
However, inflammation that persists because of recurring stimulus leads to chronic inflammation and contributes to the onset of many inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis and rheumatism. The combination of the elderberries’ various polyphenols helps relieve this joint pain.

Studies have shown that the consumption of polyphenols has an important effect of reducing inflammatory stress shortly after their consumption, which stresses the importance of consuming polyphenol-rich foods as often as possible.

(Sambucus canadensis)

2 m high shrub   |  Flowers in July   |   Bears fruit in September  |   3 to 8 kg of fruit/plant

Elderberries are delicious, edible, small berries that are rich in vitamin A, B6, C, in fibre, minerals, and in polyphenols. These small berries, that grow in clusters, come from a beautiful shrub that flowers during 4 weeks in July and gives its dark purple, almost black fruits in September.  Although wild elderberries (native) whose taste is not as pleasant are found in Québec, we now grow elderberries in Québec from cultivars that were specifically developed by Agriculture Canada for fruit production. Although they are delicious, elderberries are rather difficult to eat, as they are difficult to remove from the stalk and to clean. Canadensis elderberries are of the size of wild blueberries and their stems stick to the berries, making them difficult to clean. Furthermore, there is a seed measuring roughly one millimetre that some people can find bothersome in the mouth.

(Vaccinium spp.)

Flowers in May      |      Bears fruit in August 

The term “blueberry”, which first appeared in language in 1830, is simply derived from the word “blue”. Blueberries are native to North America while bilberries are native to Eurasia and the west coast of North America. Blueberries have been consumed by North American Indians for hundreds of years. They ate them raw or cooked, by making pemmican, conserved them in animal fat or dried them to eat them in winter.

(Ribes nigrum)

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1.5 m high shrub  |  Flowers:  end of May  |   Bears fruit: August     |   4 kg of fruit/plant

The black currant is a perennial fruit bush with no thorns native to Europe and Northern Asia. In North America, it is sometimes naturalized on the edge of gardens. The bush is quite hardy and tolerates temperatures as low as –35oC. A black currant plantation can be productive for 20 years. Fruits have a diameter of 10–15 mm.

They are black and nutrient-dense, energizing and exceptionally rich in vitamin C. These berries are also rich in potassium, tannins, fibre and in pigments (anthocyanins), that have an antioxidant effect.

(Lonicera Caerulea sp)


1.5 – 2 m high shrub      |    Bears fruit in July    |     4 kg of fruit/plant

In English, it is also called “haskap”, a Japanese term that means “long-life and good vision berry”. Blue honeysuckle berries are produced by an edible honeysuckle that is found in its wild state throughout the Northern Hemisphere. However, the varieties that are grown in Québec are all new creations developed by research scientists at the University of Saskatchewan from lineage originating in Russia, Japan, and the Kourile islands north of the Land of the rising sun.

The oblong fruit is slightly sweet, often sour and its unique flavour is a marriage of black currant, blueberry and raspberry.

(Aronia melanocarpa)

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1 – 2 m high shrub   |   Flowers in May   |   Bears fruit in September   |   2 kg of fruit/plant

Native of Québec: North American Indians have been eating them for years to heal themselves. The fruits are the same size as black currants and its crown is bumpy, like that of Red Delicious apples, which is why the Germans call it the “apple berry”.


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Fruits in October | 20,000 pounds/acre

A perennial plant from the Ericaceae family, the cranberry grows naturally in peatland. It is mainly cultivated in sandy soils containing more than 90% sand (only 10% of cranberry growing areas are in organic soils). Cranberries have become more popular over the past few years because their health benefits have been recognized. Since the beginning of the ’80s, numerous researches on cranberries and health have confirmed that one of the cranberry’s specific components, proanthocyanidins, have an anti-adhesive effect on bacteria.

Scientific Studies

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Discover the power of polyphenols

Many studies demonstrate that the polyphenols
Anthocyanins, Rutins, Quercetins, Catechins
are molecules with great beneficial properties on the health.

The Role of Antioxidants in Human Health
Saikat Sen and Raja Chakraborty. Creative Educational Society’s College of Pharmacy, Kurnool, Andhra. Pradesh -518 218, India

Skin photoprotectionby natural polyphenols: Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and DNA repair mechanisms
Joi A. Nichols1 and Santosh K. Katiyar (1,2,3,4). Department of Dermatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL. Clinical Nutrition Research Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL. Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL. Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA

Gut Microbiota Dysbiosis in Obesity-Linked Metabolic Diseases and Prebiotic Potential of Polyphenol-Rich Extracts.
Fernando F. Anhê & Thibault V. Varin & Mélanie Le Barz & Yves Desjardins & Émile Levy & Denis Roy & André Marette. Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Cardiology Axis of the Québec Heart and Lung Institute, Laval University. Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF), Laval University. Research Centre, CHU-Sainte-Justine and Department of Nutrition, Université de Montréal. Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal, Montreal.

Dietary polyphenols promote growth of the gut bacterium Akkermansia muciniphila and attenuate high fat diet-induced metabolic syndrome.Roopchand DE, Carmody RN, Kuhn P, et al.

Confirms the evidence for the prebiotic effect of polyphenol-rich extracts on Akkermansia. Diabètes. 2015.

Anthocyanins: natural colorants with health-promoting properties.
He J, Giusti MM. Department of Food Science and Technology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210, USA.

Quercetin and rutin exhibit antiamyloidogenic and fibril-disaggregating effects in vitro and potent antioxidant activity in APPswe cells
Karim Jiménez-Aliaga, Paloma Bermejo-Bescós, Juana Benedí, Sagrario Martín-Aragón. Departamento de Farmacología, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Plaza Ramón y Cajal s/n. 28040-Madrid, Spain

On the mechanism of antithromboticaction of flavonoids.
Gryglewski RJ, Korbut R, Robak J, Swies J.

The activity of medicinal plants and secondary metabolites on eosinophilic inflammation.
Rogerio AP, Sa-Nunes A, Faccioli LH. Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro, Av. Getúlio Guaritá s/n, Uberaba, MG 38025-440, Brazil.

Anthocyanins and anthocyanin-rich extracts: role in diabetes and eye function
Dilip Ghosh PhD and Tetsuya Konishi PhD. Health and Food Group , The Horticulture and Food Research Institute of New Zealand Ltd., Auckland, New Zealand
Department of Functional Food Sciences, Pharmacology and Applied Life Science,Nigata University of Pharmacy & Applied Life Sciences (NUPALS), Japan.

Health effects of quercetin: from antioxidant to nutraceutical.
Boots AW, Haenen GR, Bast A. Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine Maastricht University, P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Dietary polyphenols and mechanisms of osteoarthritis
Chwan-Li Shena, Brenda J. Smithd, Di-Fan Loa, Ming-Chien Chyua,e, Dale M. Dunna, Chung-Hwan Chenf, In-Sook Kwung
Department of Pathology and Physiology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX, USA
Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX, USA
Laboratory Sciences and Primary Care, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX, USA
Department of Nutritional Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA
Graduate Healthcare Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA
Department of Orthopaedics and Orthpaedic Research Center, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan