Billberry, Bilberry, Vaccinium myrtillus
Vaccinium myrtillus, Bilberry
cataracts, diabetes, macular degeneration, night blindness, retinopathy
flavenoids, specifically anthrocyanadins
anthrocyanosides are antioxidants and prevent free radical damage
anthrocyanosides increase cross-linking of collagen fibers
anthrocyanosides increase the biosynthesis of collagen
flavenoids prevent release of inflammatory modulators
500 mg per day
standardized to 25% anthrocyanosides
antioxidant - improves microcirculation, protects vascular endothelium
vascular stabilizer - reduces vascular permiability and fragility
macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, night blindness
peripheral vascular disease, atherosclerosis, varicose veins
Royal Air Force (RAF) bomber pilots in World War II were reported to consume bilberries and blueberries to help night vision.
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