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Bilberry

What are bilberries?

Bilberries are a fruit found on low growing bushes usually in the wild, they have been used for centuries, not only for home cooked delights but also for their many health benefits.
 
Bilberries contain a number of rich nutrients, particularly vitamins A and C, the pigments that give bilberries their rich purple colour are powerful flavonoids called Anthocyanidins.

What are Bilberries used for?

Bilberries can be used to treat a number of conditions including:

  • Eye conditions – bilberries are said to to promote healthy capillaries around the eyes, and other eye conditions, such as cataracts and retinal disorder
  • Diarrhoea – owing to bilberries high content of chemicals called tannins, they have been said to improve symptoms of diarrhoea
  • Mouth and throat irritation, by reducing inflammation – it can be applied directly to the inside of the mouth for sore throats
  • Varicose veins
  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Skin infections
  • Circulation – it has been suggested that chemicals called flavonoids which are found in the bilberry leaf might contribute to improving circulation

Although bilberries can be eaten fresh or dried, many people find their bitter taste to be unpalatable, and bilberry supplements offer a convenient alternative. For a range of bilberry supplements be sure to browse The Health Bay.

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