Bilberry | Benefits of Bilberry | Blueberries | Whortleberry | Bilberries
Bilberry or Whortleberry has been recommended for a wide variety of ailments. Dried bilberries are used for the treatment of diarrhea. Benefits of bilberry are both as a food and a potential remedy for various health disorders. Nature has provided us a number of herbal remedies and Bilberry is known for its medicinal and healing properties. The most well-known health property of his herb is how bilberry benefits the eyes in a natural way and without side effects.
Vaccinium Myrtillus Ericaceae Also called Whortleberry, Blueberry.
Priferring the damp, acidic soils of heaths, woods and moorland, bilberry is found throughout Europe. It is a low-growing shrub with oval, serrated leaves. Its white or pinkish flowers give way to purplish black, edible berries. Each berry is the size of a small pea and, when ripe, has a clearly visible depression at the top.
Leaves and berries
In summer the leaves are stripped from their branches, collected and then dried. The berries are gathered when ripe and usually used fresh. Both leaves and berries are used in infusions, powders and dry or liquid extracts.
The berries contain anthocyanins, which strengthen and protect the capillaries, and vitamin C. Polyphenols (catechin) and tannins are also present. The leaves contain phenolic acids (caffeic acid) as well as tannins and iridoids.
Bilberry is often prescribed for vein and lymphatic disorders and to strengthen the capillaries. Studies performed in 1976 revealed that the beneficial effect on the small blood vessels is due to the anthocyanins in the berries, which increase the strength of the capillaries while reducing their permeability.
Anthocyanins are antioxidants and so, along with vitamin C, protect against damage from free radicals (present in the atmosphere and in food). Bilberry has been shown to be useful in treating eyesight problems. For example, it can improve the eye's ability to adapt to darkness. A clinical trial published in 1989 found that anthocyanins from bilberry plus vitamin E improved the symptoms of cataracts in older people.
Bilberry has been used to treat diarrhoea and inflammation of the digestive tract, as well as other inflammatory conditions. The leaves have been indicated in the treatment of diabetes.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT vein disorders, eyesight problems
LIQUID EXTRACT Take 50 drops in a glass of water before meals.
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
The plant is commonly harvested from the wild and seldom cultivated. It grows in moist, acid soil in sun or light shade.
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