Bilberry (Vaccinum myrtillus) is a European berry shrub very similar to the blueberry or huckleberry found in the United States. Like many herbal supplements, the use of bilberry goes back centuries, with medicinal usage recorded as early as the beginning of the 16th century.
Bilberry’s modern usage began in earnest during World War II. The story is that British and US pilots began eating bilberries as part of their diet. They soon discovered a marked improvement in their night vision as they flew missions over Europe.Rich in Flavonoids That Support Eye Health
Extensive research has identified the specific vital substances in bilberry and verified their benefits for the eyes and circulatory system. Bilberry is high in a substance called flavonoids, chemically known as polyphenols. Bilberry’s flavonoids are anthocyanosides that enhance microcirculation throughout the body.
Research has shown this effect to be particularly noticeable in the delicate blood vessels supplying the retina of the eye. The retina is where the major functions of vision occur.Why You Should Supplement Bilberry
As a supplement, bilberry plays an important role in improving and maintaining eye health. Bilberry is a common treatment for many varieties of retinopathy, a disorder in which the intricate blood vessels and nerves of the retina are damaged. In France, bilberries have been prescribed since 1945 for diabetic retinopathy, a major cause of blindness in diabetics.
Numerous studies have documented bilberry’s usefulness as a medicinal herb. One study concluded that bilberry extract used in conjunction with vitamin E prevented the progression of cataracts in 48 of 50 patients suffering from cataracts.
Bilberry has been used in support for glaucoma, macular degeneration, eye fatigue, poor night vision, and nearsightedness.Make Sure Your Bilberry Is a Standardized Extract
Our standardized Bilberry Extract is meticulously manufactured under strict European quality-control standards without the use of harsh solvents. It is extracted to provide an optimal level of 25 percent naturally occurring anthocyanidins.
Additionally, it contains a full spectrum of components as they occur naturally in fresh whole bilberries. Red grape skin extract and citrus bioflavonoids work synergistically to enhance the proven benefits of bilberry.Label Information and Ingredients:
Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, adults take one (1) capsule, one (1) or two (2) times daily with meals, or as directed by a health professional. Store in a cool, dry place and away from direct light.