Bilberry: health benefits of a forest berry
The summer always brings us a great selection of seasonal berries and fruits and only lazy people do not anything to savor them well into winter. Strawberries, cherries, currants, raspberries give place to bilberry, a forest treat that offers a lot of health benefits. Bilberry may be unsafe only in one case – when you picked it in areas detrimental to the environment or if you have certain health conditions.
Even kids know that bilberry is good for eyes. Eye vitamins are made using the extracts of this berry. But bilberry is beneficial not only for ophthalmology clients. Let’s discuss it.
Bilberry health benefits
Bilberry contains anthocyanins (specific antioxidants), Vitamin C and Vitamins B. Studies also showed that bilberry is rich in organic acids, macro- and microelements, carbohydrates, and pectins – all that our body needs. If we compare bilberry with other dark berries such as grapes or dewberry, the former has much more useful nutrients. Stock bilberry during summer (you can freeze it, dry, make berry beverage) and you can savor this berry not only in season but all the year round. Your body will thank you for it. What are the benefits of bilberry?
- Prevents cancer – anthocyanins inhibit tumor growth;
- Delicately cleanse the bowels – pectins naturally eliminate toxins, degradation products and heavy metals salts;
- Improves functions of the gastrointestinal system – bilberry may help for indigestions, diarrhea, and upset stomach which often occurs in summer;
- Strengthens heart and cardiovascular system – bilberry strengthens vascular walls and helps to control body weight;
- Prevents eye diseases – bilberry also strengthens eye wall vessels;
- Helps to control blood sugar levels – this berry is essential for diabetic patients;
- Mobilizes immunodefence of the body – the body effectively resists to common viruses and bacteria including diphtheria, dysentery, and typhoid fever.
Gerontologists claim that bilberry slows down the aging processes and improves the memory.
The good news is that bilberry retains all its benefits even during storage. Frozen, dried or mashed with sugar berries are as effective and useful as fresh bilberry.
The leaves of bilberry are also useful. You may want to make a brew with bilberry leaves and drink it or you may rinse your mouth, make applications, baths and even make an enema.
Bilberry is contraindicated only in two cases:
- Pancreatic disorders;
- Bile duct dysfunction.
Do not buy or collect berries in environmentally detrimental areas. Bilberry just like mushrooms absorbs every hazardous element in the earth and the air. Such berries may potentially unsafe for you. Make a rule to buy only those products in the safety of which you are absolutely sure.