Ever heard of a Bilberry?
It’s a close relative of the blueberry, cranberry and huckleberry.
The wild bilberry is loaded with powerful antioxidants including flavanoids and anthocyanins. Bilberries also have high levels of tannins which are astringent, plant polyphenols. These major compounds are responsible for bilberry’s powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity. Sometimes referred to as the European blueberry, wild bilberries have been used in traditional European medicine for over one thousand years.
The flavonoid compounds found in raw bilberries, called anthocyanins are plant pigments which have tremendous anti-aging, anti-oxidant and healing qualities. Anthocyanins can fight free radicals in the body, strengthen blood capillaries and improve overall circulatory health. Bilberries are smaller than blueberries and their pigment is evenly distributed throughout the skin and flesh of the skin, unlike blueberries where the main amount of pigment resides in the skin of the berry. The anthocyanins found in this berry can also reduce blood clot formation, a leading cause of heart attack and stroke. Bilberry is useful in fighting numerous vascular and blood disorders such as chilblains, broken veins, varicose veins, thrombosis and angina. It has even been known to reduce damage of blood vessel deterioration and the degradation of blood platelets due to its ability to restore tissue connectivity. Bilberries can strengthen coronary arteries and prevent coronary blockages by fighting the accumulation of digested fat.
Wild bilberries have long been used as a natural remedy for night vision and to promote overall visual health. British Royal Air Force pilots were known to eat bilberry preserve during World War II to help them see clearly during night missions. Daily use can improve visual acuity and can help a person’s eyes to adjust during the dark of night as well as the glare of bright daylight due to the protection of rhodopsin or retinal purple in the eye. The Bilberry may even help a variety of eye disorders including glaucoma, nearsightedness, cataracts and macular degeneration (a disorder that can lead to blindness). Bilberry has been helpful to diabetics who have suffered visual problems due to microcirculation and diabetes mellitus.
Some possible benefits of raw Bilberry powder may include:
● Alleviating diarrhea
● Helping to protect & enhance vision
● Lowering blood sugar levels
● Reducing inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis
● Diuretic effects
● Increasing blood supply to the nervous system
● Improving overall circulatory health
● Improving capillary function
● Fighting urinary tract infections
● Anti-ulcer properties
Bilberries have been used for years to aid a variety of illnesses and to improve overall circulatory health and to promote healthy vision.