Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) is the European cousin to the blueberry and incorporates active ingredients that support vision. It was frequently used by World War II RAF pilots to heighten night vision. Studies with bilberry show that it helps eyes adapt to the dark, especially after drawn-out exposure to bright light and improves visual acuity in dim light.
The active ingredients in bilberry, anthocyanosides, are a group of flavonoids that increase the industry and integrity of collagen, a protein that forms connective tissue in the body. Bilberry is also used to treat artery, vein and capillary disorders. Bilberry extract has become the leading herbal prescription for the maintenance of healthy vision and for the treatment of many eye diseases. Standardized extract guarantees 25% anthocyanidins in a base of whole bilberry powder 25% anthocyanidins is the strength used in most clinical studies Safe and high potency herbal extract to support eye health Enhances vascular system health and blood vessel integrity How it works The active components in bilberry can be traced to a group of flavonoids called anthocyanosides. The anthocyanosides increase the production and integrity of collagen, a protein necessary to connective tissue. Collagen, which is also the most abundant protein in the body, maintains the integrity of tendons, bones, cartilage, and ligaments. Inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and periodontal disease destroy collagen.
Bilberrys anthocyanosides have the remarkable ability to crosslink collagen fibres which reinforces the collagen matrix of connective tissue. Among their other benefits, bilberry anthocyanosides are powerful antioxidants which prevent free radical damage. Any substance that strengthens and increases the production of collagen and is a potent antioxidant will be useful in the treatment of inflammatory joint conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. These exciting discoveries have profound implications for many ailments.