The most well-known health property of his herb is
perhaps how bilberry benefits the eyes. The anthocyanins are thought to be effective in
treating a variety of eye-related ailments, and have vision-boosting and vision improving
The medicinal and healing properties of
this herbal medicine include astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and anti-oxidant
It reduces the levels of blood lipids and
glucose. It is also considered an effective antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-exudative and
anti-ulcerous agent. This attributes bilberry with the ability to improve permeability of
capillaries and greatly enhances wound healing, and also gives it blood thinning
Due to high anti-oxidant content of
bilberries (main antioxidant being anthocyanocides), they are prescribed for disease
prevention and immune-boosting supplements to improve overall health and promote
longevity. In this regard, the health
benefits of bilberry can be quite
benefits also include combating vascular
disorders, where bilberries are found to be effective in treating varicose veins, blood
clotting (thrombosis) and angina. Anthocyanocides help prevent heart disease by
strengthening capillaries, prevent the blood from clotting and also stimulate release of
vasodilators. All this helps in greatly improving heart function and good health.
Also, another bilberry health benefit is
its ability to lower blood pressure and improve blood supply to the nerves. This too
contributes to overall organ health and improved overall health.
Bilberry contains glucoquinine which is
effective in lowering blood sugar. Bilberry leaf tea is high in chromium and this too is
said to reduce blood sugar levels. The leaves and berries are often used in homeopathic
medicine for the treatment of diabetes.
From early times, bilberry has often been
used as an antidote to digestive problems like nausea, indigestion and diarrhea as well
being used in the treatment of inflammation and ulcers in the mucous membranes of the
mouth and throat.
Dried bilberry fruit and bilberry tea have
been used as a treatment for diarrhea and as a relief for nausea and indigestion. Bilberry
tea is used to soothe the digestive tract. In combination with honey, a syrupy concoction
of bilberry has been used as a soothing remedy for the treatment of diarrhea and other
common stomach ailments.
Bilberry is known to have been used as a
soothing, remedial treatment for sore throats. Traditionally, one bilberry health benefit
is that a gargle or tea made from dried bilberries has provided immediate relief for sore
Bilberry has also been used traditionally
in the treatment of diabetes, fibrocystic breast disease, and painful menstruation.
bilberries are used as a food / dietary supplement and used in making preserves, bilberry
jams, wines and liqueurs.