An extract is created by using a solvent to attract and pull out the health-promoting phytochemicals in an herb or berry. The most common natural solvents include water, alcohol, glycerin and vinegar. The most potent extracts begin with two ingredients, the whole, fresh herb or berry and the solvent used to create the extract. Which solvent you use depends on the polarity of the phytochemical you are wanting to extract. The most valuable phytochemicals in elderberry are the antioxidant rich anthocyanins and because they are water soluble, water is the best solvent to use when creating an elderberry extract.
All elderberry syrups contain more ingredients than an elderberry extract and have less elderberry available per serving. As the name implies, a syrup contains either natural or artificial sweeteners or thickeners to give it a sweeter, syrupy texture. When comparing elderberry syrups, it is important to read the label to see what ingredients are in it. Most elderberry syrups contain glucose syrup, fructose, glycerin or sugar as a thickener, preservatives like potassium sorbate and many contain other fruit juices too. Norm’s Farms Elderberry Wellness Syrup begins with our Elderberry Extract, made from our farm fresh elderberries as opposed to the processed, dried and powdered elderberry so common in elderberry supplements available today, and to that we add honey thinned with water, cloves and cinnamon. The honey acts as a natural preservative, the cloves are a natural analgesic (great for scratchy throats) and the cinnamon has natural antibiotic properties. At Norm’s Farms we believe that every ingredient should have a purpose, be completely natural and as close to its original state in nature as possible. In summary, if you are looking for an actual extract of elderberry without added sugars, fillers or other ingredients, Norm’s Farms Elderberry Extract is the only product for you! If you prefer a sweeter taste with a thicker texture, but still want all-natural food grade ingredients, then give Norm’s Farms Elderberry Wellness Syrup a try! You can’t go wrong either way!