Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are Sambucol products gluten-free, dairy free and nut-free?
    All Sambucol products are gluten-free, and almost all the products in the Sambucol product range are considered dairy free. The only exception is the Cold & Flu Sinus Relief product which contains lactose derived from dairy. None of the Sambucol liquid products contain nuts or any ingredients derived from nuts.
  • Can Sambucol products be used when pregnant or breastfeeding?
    Due to a lack of clinical data available on the use of Sambucol during pregnancy or breastfeeding, it is advisable to avoid taking the product at this time. Consumers are advised to consult their GP before starting to take any new supplement or medication during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
  • What is the difference between Sambucol and other black elderberry products?
    Not all black elderberry extracts are the same. Sambucol is the original Black Elderberry extract that has been available for the past 20 years. Only Sambucol uses the proprietary elderberry extract that was used in published clinical studies. Other products use a concentrated, standardised elderberry extract that does not have the natural balance of the elderberry extract used in Sambucol and so cannot be considered to be equivalent.
  • Are there any possible interactions between Sambucol and other medications?
    No interactions between black elderberry and other medications were identified from the published worldwide literature. But as with all medical conditions, patients should check with a healthcare professional before using any other supplements or medications.
  • Can Sambucol be used in people with high blood pressure?
    A literature search was conducted using Medline and Pubmed. No records were identified that discussed the effects of blood pressure when taking Sambucol products (or black elderberry extracts).


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