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Bilberry Powder (Anthocyanins) 250/500g

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Bilberry Powder (Anthocyanins) 250/500g

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Bilberry cultivation originated in Europe with historical uses since the 16th century, based on the dried berries and shrub leaves. The fruit was use by British pilots in WWII when pilots noticed night vision improvement after eating Bilberry jam, scientists discovered that the bioflavonoids in Bilberries are potent antioxidants.

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Bilberries are a natural source of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are polyphenolic components that give bilberry its blue/black color and super-high antioxidant content. These powerful anthocyanins are believed to be the key bioactives responsible for the numerous health benefits of bilberry and similar berry fruits. Bilberry is most famous for its ability to improve vision, but it has been reported to lower blood glucose, have anti-inflammatory and lipid-lowering effects, promote antioxidant defense and lower oxidative stress. Bilberry contains numerous phenolic compounds, including the flavonols, quercetin and catechins, tannins, ellagitannins and phenolic acids; however, the anthocyanins found in the bilberry are, by far, the largest contribution to its phytonutrient density. These phenolic compounds are antioxidants as well as iron chelators, which may help remove heavy metals in the body and used in chelation therapy. (R)

Historically the Bilberry leaf, in addition to the fruit, was used for other conditions, including diabetes. The fruit of the bilberry plant can be eaten just like a blueberry or made into extracts. Similarly, the leaves of the bilberry plant can be made into extracts or used to make bilberry tea. One study showed that bilberry had positive effects on vision in lower light environments. (R) These antioxidants scavenge the body for free radicals, with the intention of helping to prevent or reverse damaged cells.
In other studies, bilberry shows many other health benefits it also contains vitamin C, which is another powerful immune-boosting benefit. (R)

The difference between Bilberries and Blueberries.
Bilberries and blueberries are often confused in everyday life. Both have a dark bluish, smooth skin and are similar in size, the bilberry being slightly smaller. Bilberries have been popular in Europe for centuries, and blueberries were first widely grown in the U.S. in the 1920s. Both fruits deliver big nutritional benefits. According to a University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center study, their antioxidants may even portend dramatic benefits for serious health conditions. True Blueberries, are native to the United States, whereas Bilberries are native to Northern Europe and certain parts of North America and Asia.

Eye Health
Bilberry's are a nutritional food for eye health. Due to the anthocyanosides, bilberry is widely used to improve night vision or vision handicaps in low light, decreasing vascular permeability and capillary fragility. It was reported that during World War II, British fighter pilots had improved nighttime vision after eating bilberry jam. Bilberry has been suggested as a treatment for retinopathy, which is damage to the retina. Bilberry has also exhibited protective effects against and macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts.

Circulation
In Europe, health care professionals use bilberry extracts to treat circulation problems, also known as chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Research suggests that this condition, which occurs when valves in veins in the legs that carry blood to the heart are damaged, may be improved by taking bilberry extract. Other research suggests that taking bilberry anthocyanins daily for up to six months might improve swelling, pain, bruising and burning associated with CVI. (R)

Cholesterol
The amazing anthocyanosides found in bilberries may strengthen blood vessels and prevent the oxidation of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, a major risk factor for atherosclerosis that is the plaque that blocks blood vessels. 
A study reported that bilberry enrichment, when compared to black currants, reduced total and LDL-cholesterol levels. In fact, the total anthocyanin content was four times higher in bilberries than in black currants, possibly making it a better choice for reducing LDL cholesterol levels. (R)

Blood Sugar Health
Traditionally, bilberry leaves have been used to control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Research shows that most berries help reduce the body’s glucose response after eating a high-sugar meal and studies suggest bilberry may be effective for managing blood sugar levels, particularly when combined with oatmeal, though more research is needed. (R)

Cognitive Health
Evidence suggests that fruit and vegetable juices containing various phenolic compounds can promote brain health. In some cases, symptoms of cognitive problems were significantly decreased upon treatment with myricetin, quercetin or anthocyanin-rich extracts found in bilberry and showed that behavioral abnormalities may have been alleviated. (R) (R)

References:

  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14711439
  • https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/bilberry
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92770/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelation_therapy
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92770/
  • http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-202-bilberry.aspx?activeingredientid=202&activeingredientname=bilberry
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24841880
  • http://www.diabetes.co.uk/natural-therapies/bilberry-extract.html
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22995388
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22995388
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92770/
  • http://cms.herbalgram.org/BAP/LGD/BilberryLabGuidanceDocument.html
  • https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/bilberry
  • https://nccih.nih.gov/health/bilberry

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  • Bilberry Ground Powder (Slow Air-dreid) 100% Natural.
  • Produced to ecological standards, free from agro-chemicals, non-irradiated and GMO-free.

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  • Add 1 - 3 grams to water, juice or smoothie daily or as directed by your healthcare practioner.

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  • Size: 250 / 500g.
  • Origin: France.
  • Package: Machine sealed plastic bag for maximum freshness.. 
  • Storage:  Keep in sealed. Store in a cool dry place, out of sunlight. Must be kept dry, not allowing moisture in. 
  • Estimated shelf life from purchase: 6 months - 1 year.

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