Bilberries are rich in flavonoids that strengthen intra-cellular membranes and collagen. Bilberry is particularly known all over the world for the treatment of eye ailments such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and general eye fatigue and light sensitivity. Bilberries increase retinal pigments that allow the eye to tolerate light. Researchers have found that plant-based anthocyanosides such as are found in Bilberries increase the production of rhodopsin, a pigment in the retina that is involved in the formation of photoreceptor cells. Bilberries strengthen vein structure and are used effectively in the treatment of varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Perhaps it is the strengthening of the tiny blood vessels that feed the eyes that account, at least partially, for Bilberry’s effectiveness in eye health. Bilberries were used by pilots during World War II to improve their night vision.
Bilberries are high in chromium, which is a mineral that is essential to pancreatic health and the stabilization of blood sugar levels. I can find no studies on humans, only animals, that confirm this stabilization of blood sugar levels, but the presence of chromium certainly indicates that it would be excellent for people, too. Studies are running but have not been running long enough for “medical” verification purposes. Bilberries are helpful in rebuilding the liver after cleansing.
Bilberries are an excellent source of antioxidants, including some that are reputed and known to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and macular degeneration.
1 oz – $11.52
|8 oz – $59.12||16 oz – $104.00|
PART USED: Berry
PROPERTIES: Tonic, Diaphoretic, Sudorific, Febrifuge, Antiseptic, Anti-inflammatory
SYSTEMS AFFECTED: Endocrine/Glandular (adrenals, pancreas), Eyes, Digestive
POSSIBLE USES: vision problems, pancreatic health, blood sugar problems, cellular integrity throughout the body, vein health