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Originally published October 15 2011

Improve night vision naturally with bilberries

by Shona Botes

(NaturalNews) For centuries, bilberries have been used medicinally. They have antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory properties. Mostly known for their natural ability to improve capillary health, bilberries have been used to treat a number of eye disorders and improve vision. Flavonoids found in bilberries known as anthocyanosides are responsible for the regeneration of Rhodopsin. This is a purple pigment in the eye which is responsible for night vision.

This miracle berry is also used in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and cataracts. It helps protect collagen structures in the blood vessels in the eye. A study has shown that combining bilberry extracts with Vitamin E is able to reduce the progression of cataracts. During World War 2, pilots who consumed bilberry jam reported that their night vision showed significant improvement.

Bilberries and bilberry supplements are able to help improve circulation, ease menstrual cramps and reduce the appearance of varicose veins. Those suffering from thrombosis and angina can benefit significantly by using bilberry or bilberry supplements. The antioxidant composition found in this berry helps to slow down the aging process by combating free radicals. Its natural antiseptic properties make it an excellent choice in treating mouth ulcers.

A compound found in bilberries called glucoquinine has the ability to lower blood sugar levels naturally, which results in it being highly beneficial for those suffering from diabetes. When used as a topical treatment in the form of liquid extracts or tea, it can treat a number of conditions such as itching, ulcers, burns, peptic ulcers, diarrhoea and fibrocystic breast disease. The anthocyanin contained in these berries can help to lower blood pressure.

As with many herbal remedies and products, there are no known adverse effects when using bilberries or bilberry supplements. Some side effects that have been reported are headaches, diarrhoea, dizziness and thinning of the blood. If any side effects occur, it is best to consult with a naturopath, herbalist or homeopath. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use bilberry supplements, as safety during pregnancy or breastfeeding has not yet been established.

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Shona Botes blogs about green living, budgeting, saving money, natural remedies and humour (which is often combined with the abovementioned topics). Her spare time is spent tending to her organic herb garden, cycling and engaging in photography.
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