Bilberry is also called European blueberry and is a relative of the American blueberry. The main active ingredient in bilberry extract is anthocyanosides which are powerful antioxidants.
Benefits of Bilberry Supplements
Because bilberry extract supplements contains the potent antioxidants called anthocyanosides, it is a great way to combat the free radicals that are constantly attacking our body.
Other Benefits of Bilberry Supplements
Our body is constantly generating free radicals and this causes oxidation which in turn causes tissue damage and aging. Antioxidants can help protect the body from
these free radicals, and in turn help to prevent premature aging and various disease processes from manifesting.
The most common reason most people take a bilberry extract supplement for is to help improve the circulation of capillaries. In fact, in Europe, bilberry supplements
are used to help treat diabetic retinopathy. Bilberry helps vision also, by having a positive effect on various enzymes that are important for vision. These enzymes
play a particular role in helping us with our night vision.
Besides helping with diabetic neuropathy and night vision, bilberry extract supplements appear to have a positive effect on other aspect of vision including eyestrain,
glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. This may be due to its ability to improve the circulation in the capillaries of the eye.
Because of the ability to improve circulation, bilberry supplements appear to also help with individuals that bruise easily, circulation disorders, hemorrhoids, thrombosis
A cautionary note to those that take blood thinners. Talk with your doctor first as bilberry has some blood thinning effect as well.