Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) is a small shrub that grows in cool,
temperate regions of both the northern and southern hemispheres. It is
related to the blueberry of the health family and is also known as
blueberry and common whortleberry on Europe. It is first mentioned in early
herbal traditional medicine from the Middle Ages and became more prominent
during the 18th century. Today it is listed in the German Commission "E"
Monographs, and the studies into its nutritive properties are ongoing.
The specific activity of Bilberry comes from the concentrated fruit
pigments, called Anthocyanidins, which have a strengthening effect on the
walls of the vascular system. Collagen protein in the vascular wall becomes
stronger in the presence of Bilberry and the fine capillaries become less
susceptible to leakage.
Bilberry fruit also contains anti-bacterial and anti-viral activities from
the tannin compounds. Bilberry is used in reducing eye strain and improving
night vision. In addition to helping the capillaries supply blood to the
eyes, the Bilberry pigment helps produce visual purple, the chemical that
transmits light into electrical signals for the brain. Bilberry is great
for anyone who must use his or her eyes for long periods without rest.
In summary, Bilberry Complex aids in the eyes' ability to focus, helps the
eyes adapt to the dark, strengthens the small capillaries that supply blood
to the eyes, helps promote the sharpness of images, has
anti-bacterial/anti-viral activities from the tannin compounds useful in
correcting night blindness and may also help cataracts and may halt or
prevent macular degeneration. 25% Anthocyanosides: Standardized bilberry
extract, with 10,000 IU beta-carotene, carrot powder, citrus bioflavonoids,
Bilberry Benefits for the Vascular System*
Bilberry extracts have been proven to be extremely helpful in reducing
issues relating to the vascular system. It is often recommended for people
who suffer from varicose veins, hemorrhoids. It has also been thought to
aid in the prevention and treatment of atherosclerosis.
Atherosclerosis is when the fatty substance that collects in your arteries
hardens forming calcium deposits and can lead to artery blockage. Bilberry
has the ability to aid these types of conditions because it contains
anthocyanins which act as an anti-inflammatory and are vasoprotective,
antiedematous, and vasodilative, as well as other bioflavonoids and
antioxidants anthocyanosides, ellagitannins, and proanthocyanidins.
Bilberry's ability to strengthen blood capillaries might also come in handy
for people who find that they bruise easily.
Bilberry Benefits for the Eyes*
The fruit of this plant has the ability to neutralize free radicals in the
brain and eyes. The same anthocyanins that help correct issues relating to
the blood vessels are at work to improve vision maladies such as poor night
vision, cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
According to The Complete Idiots Guide to Herbal Remedies, British pilots
in World War II used bilberry to improve their vision for night flying.
Positive results were reported in as little as two weeks from the start of
Cataract conditions also respond well to the anthosyanosides in bilberry.
In an Italian study, 50 people with early-stage cataracts were treated with
bilberry extracts, along with other antioxidants and vitamins and the
treatment was 97% effective!
Bilberry Benefits and Cancer*
According to the PDR for Herbal Medicine, parts of the bilberry plant have
been reported to have antineoplastic effects. What this means is that they
are said to inhibit the growth and maturation of neoplasms, which are
tumors that could at some point prove to be malignant. For instance,
extract of bilberry can slow or stop the growth of human leukemia cells and
human colon carcinoma cells growth through the induction of programmed cell
death, or apoptosis.
Benefits for the Digestion System*
One of the major bilberry benefits is that of the digestive system. It is
well documented that this magical extract has been used to treat acute
diarrhea, especially in children. According to the Everything Guide to
Herbal Remedies, Vaccinium myrtillus (the scientific name for bilberry)
slows the transit of fluids through your digestive system, thus resuming
digestion to its normal state.
As you can see, many bilberry benefits have been thoroughly documented
throughout the years. Due to the many antioxidants at work in this miracle
berry, it has proven to be a safe and effective treatment method when used
under the care of a physician. Various studies are underway with the theory
that bilberry can provide even more positive effects on our health such as
skin improvements and peptic ulcer treatment. We are only just beginning to
uncover bilberry benefits and should see more to come in the future.
For hundreds of years, herbalists have been prescribing Bilberry for night
blindness and failing vision. Because of its high antioxidant content, this
herb can prevent damage of the eye by free radicals. Besides the
antioxidant anthocyanin, Bilberry also contains Vitamin C and A. These are
also helpful for good vision, as they are needed for the repair of tissue
The fruit of the Bilberry plant also helps protect the blood vessels and
collagen structure in the eyes. This is important for the capillaries that
shuttle nutrients to the eye's nerves and muscles.
The component in Bilberry called Anthocyanin is what is believed to give
this herb it's ability to improve eye health. This substance can actually
help the eyes adapt to different lighting conditions and protect them from
damaging sunlight. Since free radicals are the leading cause of eye
problems, their high levels of antioxidants play an important role in eye
Many people suffering from "wet macular degeneration" take Bilberry because
it strengthens the capillaries. When the capillaries bleed, they cause
scarring which causes vision loss. When the capillaries are strong, they
won't leak fluid which is a major source of problems.
Because Bilberry contains many potent antioxidants that help reduce free
radical damage, it makes this herb good for anti-aging. It is often an
ingredient in popular anti-aging formulas.
Besides offering great protection for the eyes, Bilberry can also be used
to treat problems of the digestive tract and other stomach ailments. It is
an effective treatment for nausea, diarrhea, and indigestion. It can also
be beneficial to the mucous membranes in the throat and mouth, due to its
LifeSource Vitamins Bilberry extract, Promotes healthy eye function and
vision, Provides antioxidants, Reduces free radical damage to the retina,
Improves night vision, Soothes sore, tired eyes and much more.*
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