Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bilberry - Monograph

Common Name – Bilberry

Botanical Name – Vaccinium Myrtillus

Parts Used – Entire Plant

Active Constituents – Bioflavonoids (anthocyanosides), beta-carotene, quercitin, quercitrin

So what is Bilberry good for?

Therapeutic Properties – antioxidant, diuretic, blood vessel tonic, anti-inflammatory

Bilberry can help to keep the blood vessels flexible which helps to increase blood flow

Bilberry can be helpful to diabetic by helping to control insulin levels

Bilberry may be useful as a urinary tract antiseptic

Bilberry may be useful to try and treat allergies as an anti-histamine


Dry extract – 240-480 mg per day

Tincture – 15-40 drops three times a day

Berries – one teaspoon dried berries per day



Research articles with links

Isolation of high quality RNA from bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) fruit

Induction of apoptosis in cancer cells by bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) and the anthocyanins

One of the famous stories of bilberry is that of the British fighter pilots during World War 2. They said that they could see better during their night time raids when they would eat bilberry jam before going out.

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