Chris D’Adamo, a program advisor at the Institute and director at the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine, weighs in on the debate on whether or not it is safe for the continued use of elderberry supplements during the COVID-19 outbreak. Over the past month, many social media influencers have been advising their followers to stay away from elderberry supplements, citing the dangers of cytokine storms. However, Dr. D’Adamo and other experts found these advisories to be misleading.
“Elderberry can increase inflammatory cytokines in people with an otherwise healthy condition, that’s desirable that helps us fight infections; however, there’s no evidence that elderberry would increase the risk of a cytokine storm,” Dr. Chris D’adamo said.
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