For centuries, Bilberry has been used to treat blood disorders and vascular problems, such as angina, varicose veins and thrombosis.
The berry’s high content of anthocyanin and flavonoids give strength to the capillaries while thinning the blood.
Bilberry contains one of the most powerful antioxidants known to exist. This antioxidant called anthocyanin can improve the flow of blood to the nervous system, lower blood pressure and reduce blood clotting. It also contains the blood sugar lowering substance called glucoquinine.
For hundreds of years herbalists have been prescribing Bilberry for night blindness and failing vision. Because of it’s high antioxidant content, this herb can prevent damage of the eye by free radicals. Besides the antioxidant anthocyanin, Bilberry also contains Vitamin C and A. These are also helpful for good vision, as they are needed for the repair of tissue cells.
The fruit of the Bilberry plant also helps protect the blood vessels and collagen structure in the eyes. This is important for the capillaries that shuttle nutrients to the eye’s nerves and muscles.
The component in Bilberry called Anthocyanin is what is believed to give this herb it’s ability to improve eye health. This substance can actually help the eyes adapt to different lighting conditions and protect them from damaging sunlight. Since free radicals are the leading cause of eye problems, it’s high levels of antioxidants play an important role in eye health.
Many people suffering from “wet macular degeneration” take Bilberry because it strengthens the capillaries. When the capillaries bleed, they cause scarring which causes vision loss. When the capillaries are strong, they won’t leak fluid which is a major source of problems.
Because Bilberry contains many potent antioxidants that help reduce free radical damage, it makes this herb good for anti-aging. It is often an ingredient in popular anti-aging formulas.
Besides offering great protection for the eyes, Bilberry can also be used to treat problems of the digestive tract and other stomach ailments. It is an effective treatment for nausea, diarrhea and indigestion. It can also be beneficial to the mucous membranes in the throat and mouth, due to it’s anti-inflammation properties.