Description. Bilberry has been used for centuries, both medicinally and as a food in jams and pies. It is related to the blueberry and is native to Northern Europe. Bilberry fruit contains chemicals known as anthocyanosides, plant pigments that have excellent antioxidant properties. Bilberry also contains vitamin C, which is another antioxidant. Antioxidants have been shown to help prevent a number of long-term illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and an eye disorder called macular degeneration. Anthocyanosides found in bilberry fruits are also useful for people with vision problems. These compounds also help build strong blood vessels and improve circulation to all areas of the body. Bilberry fruit is also rich in tannins, a substance that acts as an astringent. The tannins have anti-inflammatory properties and may help control diarrhea. Use. Bilberries can be used in form of decoction as an astringent for gastrointestinal disorders, diarrhea, dyspepsia, colitis and dysentery. Bilberries are also of great value for cystitis and light forms of insular diabetes, avitaminosis and scurvy. Infusions and decoctions are used topically as an astringent and antiseptic for ulcers, burns, stomatitis and other inflammations. Bilberries help in chronic venous insufficiency, diabetes, atherosclerosis, diarrhea, healing wounds. And one of the most important abilities of bilberry is to improve eyesight and even night vision.
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