Bilberry is a fruit of European native and is similar in taste and size to Blueberry, a very popular fruit. Bilberries are so similar to Blueberries, that sometimes people refer to them as a cousin of Blueberry. Common names of bilberry include whortleberry, Huckleberry, Wineberry, and European Blueberry. Similar to Blueberry, Bilberry also boasts many health benefits. In the European origin, Bilberry is the most common ingredient used in jellies, jams, and pies. Bilberries can be eaten directly as a fruit, and also in dried form. Bilberry extract and its leaves are used in medicine in dried forms for many years in the European region. The fruit and its leaves are used to treat many types of diseases. Listed below are some of the most important health benefits of Bilberries
1. Improved Vision and Eye Diseases
Bilberries contain many flavonoids and powerful antioxidants which increase the blood flow to the eyes and improve the condition of the retina. They also help in improving the night vision and the vision of the eyes in low light conditions. Bilberry is also helpful in curing many ey diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, and retinopathy. Reports say that bilberry jam was consumed by fighters in World War II to increase their nighttime vision.
2. Balances Cholesterol Levels
The antioxidants found in bilberry help to strengthen the blood vessels of the heart and prevents the formation of bad cholesterol – the number one cause of atherosclerosis which causes stroke and attacks in many heart patients due to the blockage of arteries. Therefore, it helps in reducing the blood cholesterol levels and ensuring a healthy lifestyle.
3. Digestive Disorders
For years bilberry has been used in European medicine to treat digestive disorders, stomach ulcers, nausea, vomiting, irregular bowel movement, and diarrhea. Bilberry contains an element tannin which reduces intestinal inflammation and has properties which constrict and tightens the tissues which are helpful in treating diarrhea.
4. Regulating Blood Sugar
Bilberries also help to treat diabetic patients and reduce the blood sugar levels. They contain tannins and anthos which are oxidants responsible for regulating the blood sugar levels in the body. Reports show that consuming bilberries on a daily basis can reduce blood sugar levels up to 40% in 3 months. However, you should consult your doctor before start consuming them.
5. Cancer Prevention
The anthocyanins found in bilberry have been researched for having anti-cancer and cancer suppressant properties. The anthocyanins in the bell is a very powerful antioxidant and also have anti-inflammatory properties which reduce and prevent the formation of dangerous cancer cells in the body.
6. Menstrual Problems
Bilberry is an important fruit for women as it helps in reducing the menstrual cramps and the symptoms of PMS. The anti-inflammatory properties in Bilberry help in solving the irregular menstrual issues in women and also reduces nausea, headache, and vomiting associated with menstruation.
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