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Bilberry is a dwarf shrub of the heath family, named after the Danish word for "dark fruit." A native European plant, it's related to North blueberries and cranberries. The bilberry shrub produces small, egg-shaped leaves, rose-colored flowers, and dark-blue berries. The berries (that is, the fruit) are the traditional health part of the plant, which is also called huckleberry or whortleberry.
Potential Health Benefits
Commission E endorses the dried, ripe fruit and preparations made from it for use against acute diarrhea and to soothe sore throats. Broad claims by some writers that bilberry reduces macular degeneration in the eye, help promotes night vision, and serves as a supersaver of eyesight weren't addressed by Commission E.
Bilberry preparations contain tannins, flavonoid glycosides, and anthocyanosides. Flavonoids and anthocyanosides are credited with producing the salutary health benefits of red wine and grape juice. In laboratory tests, flavonoids fight the oxidization of low-density cholesterol, which suggests they might be useful for avoiding coronary heart health issues. Without cit ing specifics, health writer James A. Duke, Ph.D., alludes to research in the 1990s that he says "has demonstrated bilberry's efficacy in supporting circulatory complications due to blood sugar level issues or hypertension, bruising, capillary fragility, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and Raynaud's phenomenon." Commission E's report, published in 1994, doesn't address these much broader uses of bilberry fruit. Bilberry leaf was listed as unapproved by the commission, which favors the fruit.)
How to Use the Herb
For internal use, take a daily dose of 20-60 grams, or 1 to 2 ounces of the dried berry. Bilberry tea can be made by putting 1-2 teaspoonfuls of crushed berries in cold water, soaking for 10 minutes, and straining. Supplements set at 80-100 milligrams, taken 3 times per day, are recommended by a variety of health writers. James A. Duke recommends capsules that are standardized to 25 percent anthocyanosides.
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Take 1 capsule, 3 times daily, with meals.
Bilberry may interfere with iron absorption.
Commission E assessed only bilberry fruit, finding no contraindications, interactions with other drugs, or side effects. If diarrhea persists for 3-4 days, consult a physician. Bilberry leaf, not approved by the commission, is considered potentially toxic by some herbalists.
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I don't want to scare any one but I drive a big rig and over the years my sight has steadily been getting further and further from 20-20. And the longer the drive, the later in the day I drove, the worse my sight got. And even worse, being human, it kinda sneaks up on you as the hours wear on, so I hardly ever noticed the decline during each spell on the road. About 18 months ago, I had a bad accident on the road. I finally had to admit I had a chronic problem. I've been taking Bilberry tea and capsules ever since, and the improvement is definite. I also wear glasses now, but 2 weeks ago, my checkup revealed that my sight had actually improved and I am now waiting for my new glasses to come in with the weaker prescription. Thank you Bilberry and thank you Zooscape!
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