Bilberry Fights Night Blindness And Other
Diseases by Sharon Hopkins
Over centuries bilberry has been used for its medicinal
purposes. Similar to blueberries and cranberries, bilberry also
contains anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant qualities. This
fruit is used for its astringent, tonic and antiseptic
properties which can treat various health problems like
diarrhea, dysentery, hemorrhoids and gastrointestinal
inflammation. The most important use for bilberry has been the
treatment of various eye disorders and improvement of capillary
Bilberry has been very effective in improving night vision.
Being a close relative of blueberry, it contains high levels of
natural antioxidant compound. These antioxidants prevent free
radicals from causing any damage to the eye. It also
strengthens the small blood vessels that carry oxygen to the
Bilberry is high in flavonoids known as Anthocyanosides, that
quickens the regeneration of Rhodospin, a purple pigment used
as rods in the eye for night vision. It is also useful in
treating macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and
cataract. One study has shown that combination of bilberry
extracts and vitamin E reduces the progression of cataract.
Studies have shown that supplementation with bilberry improves
eye adaptation to darkness for people with <a href="http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=33496&u=143555&m=6374&urllink=&afftrack="" title="poor vision">poor vision. It does
not work with people having good vision though. Bilberry
extracts are known to improve the functional ability of eyes
and other organs. It is also useful in treating bruising,
general subcutaneous bleeding, and easing inflammation that
occurs in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gum disease.
Bilberry leaves can be used to treat diabetes due to its
hypoglycemic properties. It can be used as a topical treatment
in the form of infusion or decoctions, like tea or liquid
extracts for eyes and mouth inflammation, skin infections and
burns. It is known to treat chronic venous insufficiency,
varicose veins, pain, itching, and skin ulcers in the legs. It
may also prove be effective in treating Raynaud’s disease.
It can be useful in treating atherosclerosis as it strengthens
artery walls and promotes good circulation. Eating bilberry
mixed with honey is a popular home remedy for diarrhea. It is
also very effective in curing and treating peptic ulcers,
fibrocystic breast disease and painful menstruation. It is
available in tincture as well as capsule form. And fresh
bilberries are always there to be plucked.
To reduce cataract, macular degeneration and other eye problems
take 80-160 mg of standardized extract or 1/2 teaspoon liquid
extract two or three times a day. For diabetic retinopathy take
80- 160 mg (standardized to 23-37% anthocyanosides) at least
three times a day
To treat varicose veins consume 80-160 mg standardized extract
three times a day.
For sore throat and diarrhea make bilberry tea by pouring 1 cup
hot water in 1 or 2 tablespoons of dried whole berries (or 2 to
3 teaspoons of finely crushed berries). Strain and drink at
least 4 cups a day.
In some individuals consumption of bilberry internally may
interfere with iron absorption. Lactating and pregnant women
should avoid it, completely.
Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all
precautionary measures while following instructions on the home
remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if
you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader
and not with the site or the writer.
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your daily life with its simple and easy home care remedies.
With the use of a very useful berry we can treat many ailments
which keeps troubling us.
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