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The Multiple Benefits of Bilberry
Introduction
 
Dark purple beads of bilberry berries are the fresh source of the best properties the plant can suggest. The bilberry shrub grows up to 80 cm high and is well recognized by the round berries with a characteristic flatness on top. This perennial is related to blueberry, huckleberry and cranberry and has specific acid taste that has to do with its rich phytochemical content. The active components in bilberry include tannins, providing the herb with astringent-like properties; anthocyanosides that improve blood circulation and prevent blood clotting, and flavonoids, responsible for the plant’s antioxidant actions.
 
Bilberries are usually eaten fresh or in dried forms, both are also used in preparation of bilberry tea. The 25-percent concentration of anthocyanidin in the bilberry extract is an ideal proportion to achieve best effects from this beneficial chemical.
 
Health Conditions Bilberry Is Used for
 
Chronic venous insufficiency
 
Due to the effects provided by anthocyanosides for the vascular system, bilberry extracts are engaged in the treatment of multiple related conditions. One of them is chronic venous insufficiency.  Bilberry preparations treat such symptoms as leg swelling, pain, irritation, skin ulcers, varicose veins, and itching.
 
Diarrhea
 
Astrigent properties of bilberry fruit help reducing inflammation and strengthening the tissues, hence people with diarrhea find it useful for relieving intestinal inflammation. So far no clinical research has been made on the use of bilberry for diarrhea relief, but the common use proves its potential in this area.
 
Diabetes
 
Active compounds in bilberry leaves are noted to influence the sugar levels in blood, so the herb works as a remedy for diabetes. Although the human studies has yet to prove effective results on this condition, herbalists have been suggesting bilberry leaves preparations as diabetes-targeted treatment.
 
Atherosclerosis
 
Atherosclerosis that provokes more serious heart problems is caused by the excess of bad cholesterol in human body. Bilberry is potent in oxidation of it and thus being beneficial for handling the condition. Still, this quality needs additional research in humans.
 
Vision Disorders
 
Bilberry is both used for prophylactics and treatment of eye problems. Anthocyanosides provide the herb with the potential to enhance retina functions. Hence, herbalists suggest it for handling retinopathy (especially in diabetes patients). Also, bilberry is proved to be the support for stopping cataracts from developing. Both effects need more scientific research despite being used in folk medicine. Bilberry is known to improve night vision, too.
 
More known uses of the herb include fibrocystic breast disease, painful menstruation, stomach ulcers, hemorrhoids, urinary tract infections and kidney stones.
 
How Bilberry is Used
 
Bilberry is a rather safe plant. It can be given since the age of 2, although with care and control. Usual adult dose is 80-120 mg of bilberry extract consumed twice a day (with 25 percent concentration of anthocyanidin). For diarrhea they suggest boiling 5-10 g of dried fruit for 10 minutes. Then drink it strained. The specific instructions to preparations should be carefully read on the box of the bilberry product.
 
Side Effects and Precautions
 
Allergic reactions to bilberry may occur in people sensitive to its components. However, no severe reactions of this kind were published on bilberry. Used for short time and in safe doses, herb doesn’t cause side effects. While taken in large amounts bilberry may provoke upset stomach, increase risk of bleeding or hydroquinone poisoning.
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