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Bilberry is an effective herbal medicine used to treat eye disorders

Where does Bilberry come from?

Bilberry is a relative of the American blueberry and is a short, shrubby perennial growing in northern Europe.

The first recorded medical use of Bilberry was in the 16th century, when this herbal medicine was used to treat scurvy amongst sailors.

During World War II, British RAF pilots noted that their night vision improved after eating Bilberry preserves. This sparked scientific research into this herb and today Bilberry is used to treat a wide variety of eye disorders.

How can Bilberry help me?

Bilberry extracts is the leading herbal treatment for managing eye disorders and maintaining healthy vision.

Bilberry assists the retina (the light-sensitive portion of the eye) to adapt properly to light and dark. This has made Bilberry a popular herbal treatment for night blindness.

Bilberry contains chemicals known as anthocyanosides, which increase retinal pigments that allow the eye to tolerate light.

Bilberry plays a significant role in preventing and treating degenerative diseases of the retina by strengthening the capillaries, which are blood vessels in the eye, and by facilitating the delivery of oxygen rich blood to the eyes.

Studies have proved that Bilberry is useful for preventing macular degeneration as well as cataracts. Macular degeneration is a disorder that affects the central part of the retina and cataracts cause loss of transparency of the eye’s lens.

Bilberry has been shown to decrease retinal damage caused by diabetes or high blood pressure.

Bilberry strengthens collagen, which is a protein that forms the backbone of connective tissue. Therefore Bilberry is a valuable herbal medicine for preventing and treating glaucoma, which is a disease caused by excessive pressure within the eye.

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Taking Bilberry can prevent and treat weakened blood vessels and this herbal treatment has been known to relieve chronic venous insufficiency. This disease occurs when valves in the veins responsible for carrying blood back to the heart are weak or damaged and can cause varicose veins, spider veins and can even result in blood clots in the legs.

Bilberry strengthens the walls of blood vessels and not only treats varicose veins but is an effective herbal treatment for hemorrhoids.

The anthocyanosides found in Bilberry is also an herbal treatment for people suffering from poor blood circulation in their extremities.

If I am already on medicine, what are the interactions or side-effects I need to know about when using Bilberry?

Please consult your medical practitioner prior to using any herbal medications should you be under their care.

Bilberry may lower blood sugar levels; therefore caution is advised when using medications to lower blood sugar.

Bilberry should not be taken with any blood thinning medication such as Warfarin.

Care should be taken when using Bilberry with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such ibuprofen.

Research has shown that Bilberry may further lower blood pressure if taken with medicine for high blood pressure.

Bilberry has been used an herbal medicine for hemorrhoids, especially during pregnancy, but please consult your health care practitioner before using any herbal supplement during pregnancy and breast-feeding.

How do I use Bilberry?

A normal dosage of Bilberry ranges from 40 to 160mg of extract two or three times a day. The lower dose is recommended for long term use, including prevention of macular degeneration. Bilberry can be taken with or without food.

When shopping for Bilberry, choose extracts standardized to contain 25 percent anthocyanosides, which are the active ingredients in this herb.

Higher doses of Bilberry (up to 300mg a day) can be taken by people with diabetes.

Bilberry extracts contain between 100 and 250 times the amount of active ingredients (anthocyanosides) found in fresh Bilberry fruit.

When used with the herb Gotu kola, Bilberrys effects on varicose veins are significantly increased.

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