Discover bilberry benefits for the body, eyes and skin!
Bilberries are a small, round, black-purple, fruit. They have a tart, full, taste more than blueberries. They grow on a perennial shrub, about 16 inches in height. They have a soft, juicy, texture making them difficult to harvest in late Summer. They are difficult to transport but can be found at fresh markets or gourmet stores. In Europe, frozen bilberries are available all year round.
Bilberries can be eaten fresh or made into delicious homemade recipes. CAUTION! Their deep color can stain the fingers, lips, tongue and even some utensils. Delicious pie, juice and jam recipes can all have bilberries. They are one of the most powerful antioxidant fruits! They're loaded with vitamins, minerals and nutrients! Discover bilberry homemade recipes!
BILBERRY BENEFITS - (Body)
Anthocyanosides are the key components in bilberries. They build strong blood vessels, reduce risk of blood clots and improve circulation. They reduce inflammation, stabilize cartilage, tendons and ligaments. The antioxidants in bilberries are stronger than other antioxidant fruits including: cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, plums and blueberries. Bilberries have anti-inflammatory properties, stronger than aspirin. Inflammatory conditions, like Rhuematoid arthritis, can be controlled.
BILBERRY BENEFITS - (Eyes)
The anthocyanins in bilberries benefits the eyes. They boost rhodopsin, a pigment that improves eyesight and adapts eyes to changes of light. A popular World War II British RAF pilot story notes bilberries. Pilots were thought to eat bilberry jam to sharpen and improve eyesight for night missions. In 2000 a U.S. Navy study found no such effect. However, laboratory studies do show evidence that bilberry consumption may inhibit or reverse some eye disorders. They are used as alternative medicine to improve eyesight in the prevention of macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts. The Japanese refer to bilberries as “the vision fruit”.
BILBERRY BENEFITS - (Skin)
There are many benefits of bilberry for the skin! Improve the overall look and feel of skin. Bilberries are one of the best beauty foods and antioxidant fruits.
ANTI-AGING: Resveratrol and quercetin have anti-aging properties. Connective tissue is repaired. Collagen is improved. Prevent fine lines, wrinkles, cellulite and pre-mature aging of skin.
PROTECT and LIGHTEN: Powerful antioxidants protect against damaging free radicals. Fade dark spots, discolorations. Lighten skin. Prevent bruises and allow them to heal quicker.
NURTURE: Vitamins B, C and E offer skin nutrients.
PREVENT ACNE: High concentration of pectin helps prevent acne break-outs. Intestinal toxins are cleared that may contribute to acne.
REDUCE INFLAMMATION and FIRM: Bilberries are rich in tannins, an astringent substance, with anti-inflammatory properties. Skin is firmed with a youthful appearance.
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CAUTION! Bilberry fruit and extract are considered generally safe without side effects. However, bilberry can change the way the medicines, herbs or vitamins work. Using these products together can cause harmful effects. Bilberry leaf and extract should never be taken in large quantities for an extended period of time. Contact your physician before taking bilberry if you take blood thinning or diabetes medications.
HOMEMADE RECIPES with BILBERRIES