Submitted by Darrell Miller
The bilberry plant is native to areas of northern Europe, Asia, and the United States. This plant is a perennial shrub that is often found growing in sandy areas of the northern United States. More often, it is found in forest meadows throughout Europe. In Europe, bilberry has been utilized to treat fragile blood vessels that come as a result of high blood pressure. Additionally, it has been used in Europe to treat urinary problems, scurvy, diarrhea, and dysentery. The berries of this plant were mixed with honey in early European apothecaries to make syrup which provided a remedy for diarrhea.
The most common use of bilberry is for eye disorders, because it is responsible for strengthening the capillaries and small veins that surround the eyes. In order to achieve and maintain optimal eye health, the proper amount of nutrients and oxygen are required. Bilberry provides just this. During World War II, Royal Air Force pilots ate bilberry jam before their night missions to improve their night vision. These pilots swore that it helped them to see better and more quickly adjust to the darkness.
Since this time, a good deal o f research has been done to support the above claims. It has been found that bilberry is not only helpful with night vision, but it is also helpful with day blindness and focusing changes in light. The anthocyanosides found in bilberry are thought to be responsible for aiding the pigmented epithelium that is found in the retina. Bilberry has also been found to help with glaucoma, eye strain, fatigue, eye irritations, nearsightedness, night blindness, and cataracts.
It is believed that bilberry helps to improve all capillaries, veins, and arteries, which improves circulation to the feet, hands, brain, and heart. Bilberry also helps with varicose veins, atherosclerosis, and blood clots. It can be used to help prevent strokes, heart attacks, and blindness. This herb contains essential antioxidants that are beneficial in preventing free-radical damage.
Bilberry is often used to treat cases of diarrhea and other intestinal problems. It helps to nourish the pancreas in diabetes and aids healing in lung disorders like chronic coughing, lung ailments, and tuberculosis. This extract has been found to kill or at least inhibit the growth of fungus, yeast, and bacteria, as well as protozoa like trichomonas vaginalis. Bilberry has also been used to treat diabetes, as well as blood sugar fluctuations. When taken in oral doses, bilberry can help with hyperglycemia and diabetes. Bilberry seems to have benefits that are very similar to those of insulin. However, there is less toxicity.
The fruit of the bilberry shrub is sued to provide antioxidant, astringent, and febrifuge properties. Bilberry's primary nutrients include calcium, magnesium, manganese, phorphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, sodium, vitamins A and C with bioflavonoids and zinc. Primarily, bilberry is very beneficial in treating weak blood vessels, poor circulation, diabetes, cold hands and feet, infection, night blindness, and varicose veins. However, this nutrient is also extremely helpful in dealing with diarrhea, edema, immune deficiencies, kidney problems, light sensitivity, Raynaud's disease, scurvy, thyroid problems, and water retention.
Bilberry is available in capsule, tablet, and liquid extract forms for easy consumption. Please contact a representative from your local health food store with any questions you may have on the beneficial effects provided by bilberry.
*Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Bilberry is not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Always consult with your professional health care provider before changing any medication or adding Vitamins to medications.
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