Anyone take bilberry?

Discussion in 'Alternative Health' started by Charleen, Nov 11, 2006.

  1. Charleen

    Charleen Supporter

    May 12, 2002
    Western NY
    I've been hearing good things about bilberry. Apparently this is very good for night vision.
  2. cozyhollow-gal

    cozyhollow-gal Well-Known Member

    Sep 11, 2002
    NW Montana
    Hi Charleen,
    Yes, I take bilberry, and I take it for vascular improvement. I see it has also many other benefits. Like you mentioned, it is used to improve vision. I use the Liquid extract. What form do you use? Here is some info I found on the internet for you. Enjoy, Patsy
    ***Bilberry is also used in connection with vascular and blood disorders and shows positive effects when treating varicose veins, thrombosis, and angina. Bilberry's fruit contains flavonoids and anthocyanin, which serve to prevent capillary fragility, thin the blood, and stimulate the release of vasodilators. Anthocyanin, a natural antioxidant, also lowers blood pressure, reduces clotting and improves blood supply to the nervous system. Bilberry also contains glucoquinine that has the ability to lower blood sugar.

    The herb contains Vitamins A and C, providing antioxidant protection which can help prevent free radical damage to the eyes. Vitamin A is required for sharp vision, while Vitamin C helps form collagen and is needed for growth and repair of tissue cells and blood vessels. Anthocyanosides support and protect collagen structures in the blood vessels of the eyes, assuring strong, healthy capillaries that carry vital nutrients to eye muscles and nerves.

    Bilberry has long been a remedy for poor vision and "night blindness." Clinical tests confirm that given orally it improves visual accuracy in healthy people, and can help those with eye diseases such as pigmentosa, retinitis, glaucoma, and myopia. During World War II, British Royal Air Force pilots ate Bilberry preserves before night missions as an aid to night vision. Bilberry works by improving the microcirculation and regeneration of retinal purple, a substance required for good eyesight.