All About Bilberry

The Bilberry is also known as the huckleberry and bearberry. The Bilberry is the fruit of the Vaccinium Myrtillus plant. In the past honey was mixed with bilberries to make and Elizabeth tonic called “rob” that was used to treat issues of the digestive tract, constipation and diarrhoea. Although, rations were selective, soldiers of the WWII found that eating bilberry jam before a night attack vastly improved their ability to see in the dark.

Since 1945, France has prescribed eating bilberries as part of the healthy diet for people with type 2 diabetes. The pigment that gives bilberries its deep purple colour is anthocyanosides. The Bilberry is rich in Vitamin A, B1, B2, C, E, K and minerals Copper, Chromium, Manganese, Zinc and Iron.

Here are a few health benefits of bilberry :

  • The bilberry is antibacterial especially against strains of Salmonella, Helicobacter Pylori, Clostridium and Staphylococcus Aureus.
  • Bilberry is full of powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants have been linked with reduced risk of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, atherosclerosis and arthritis.
  • Taking bilberries has been linked with a reduction in leukaemia, colon, breast cancer. Its active components have been shown to cause cell death in cancerous cells.
  • One of the main reasons Bilberry is taken is to improve eye health, night blindness and reduce risk of glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Bilberries help to regulate blood glucose levels, thus helping to alleviate symptoms of Type 2 diabetes.

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. Hobbo says:

    I love bilberries!

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    1. GS says:

      Me too!!!!

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  2. Great information! I will need to try these!

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    1. GS says:

      Bilberry is a plant. The dried, ripe fruit and leaves are used to make medicine. Bilberry is used by mouth to treat poor circulation that can cause the legs to swell. Some people take bilberry for diabetes, high blood pressure, gout, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and many other conditions.

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      1. GS says:

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  3. JR & Erica says:

    Very interesting article! I’ll have to find out where I can purchase billberries!

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    1. GS says:

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  4. Kristin_Bea says:

    wow what a great info. Glad you shared… ❀️

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    1. GS says:

      Glad you liked it Kristin.

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      1. Kristin_Bea says:

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  5. Ahmet B. says:

    Good sharing. Thanks πŸ™‚

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    1. GS says:

      Glad you found the post informational

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  6. Liz says:

    I’ve never had bilberry and not something I can buy fresh over here in the UK.
    Only dry form, or tablets from health shops, unless you are luckyto find some foraging.
    I have never heard of bilberry until now. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. GS says:

      Most welcome. Bilberry’s are more common in the UK. Try Oxford Vitality, they have good stuff.

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  7. Ananta Riperseno says:

    Good, add to my insight

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    1. GS says:

      The typical dose of the dried, ripe berries: 20-60 grams daily. People also drink a type of tea made from 5-10 grams (1-2 teaspoons) of the mashed berries. A dose of 160 mg of bilberry extract taken twice daily has been used in people with diseased retinas.

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    1. GS says:

      Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) is one of the richest natural sources of anthocyanins. These polyphenolic components give bilberry its blue/black color and high antioxidant content, and they are believed to be the key bioactives responsible for the many reported health benefits of bilberry and other berry fruits. Although bilberry is promoted most commonly for improving vision, it has been reported to lower blood glucose, to have anti-inflammatory and lipid-lowering effects, and to promote antioxidant defense and lower oxidative stress. Therefore, bilberry is of potential value in the treatment or prevention of conditions associated with inflammation, dyslipidemia, hyperglycemia or increased oxidative stress, cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer, diabetes, and dementia and other age-related diseases.

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  8. Linda Wyatt says:

    Never seen this fruit in the market. Or it may be available in other stores and markets!

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    1. GS says:

      It should be available online

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