Herbal Supplements

The Herb and Supplement Index

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Name bilberry

Origin Northern Europe

Scientific Name vaccinium myrtillus

Description - Bilberry is a short, shrubby perennial that grows in the forests and wooded meadows of northern Europe. It is also a relative of the american blueberry. Also found in western Asia and the Rocky Mountains of North America. Bilberry is rich in proanthocyanins, which are members of the flavonoid family. - These bilberry flavonoids are potent antioxidants. They help to protect cells and membranes from damage caused by unstable oxygen molecules called free radicals. - Bilberry is the leading herbal remedy for healthy vision and various eye disorders.

Uses - treat night blindness, a wide array of eye disorders including diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and macular degeneration. - relieves varicose veins and hemorrhoids, especially in pregnancy. - A study of patients with age related cataracts, found that bilberry extract combined with vitamin E inhibited cataract formation in almost all of the participants. - may also be valuable in preventing and treating glaucoma. - as a tea for the relief of diarrhea as a gargle to treat mouth and throat inflammations.

Notes has no known long term side effects.

Possible Side Effects

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