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bilberry

1. any of several ericaceous shrubs of the genus Vaccinium, having edible blue or blackish berries
2. 
a. the fruit of any of these plants
b. (as modifier): #5bilberry pie
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bilberry

Similar to blueberries. Ripe blueberries are white or light green inside, while bilberries and huckleberries are red or purple throughout. Bilberries are most often found singularly or in pairs, while blueberries are most often found in clusters. High in vitamin C and bioflavonoidswhich helps keep connective tissues healthy and strengthens small blood vessels and capillaries, factors that keep skin youthful. Lowers blood pressure. GREAT FOR EYES- increases rhodopsin which helps night blindness. It protects against macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Also has a strong effect on lowering blood sugar. Very astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory. Dried berry and leaf tea used for diarrhea, diabetes, dysentery, diuretic, scurvy (vitamin C deficiency), mouth inflammations, stop bleeding, arthritis, hardening of arteries, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, rebuilding connective tissue (skin, wrinkles).
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz

bilberry

symbol for falsehood. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 172]
See: Deceit
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A study quoted by Healthline said that 300 mg of bilberry anthocyanins taken every day for three weeks had reduced inflammatory markers considerably.
(9) involved a comparison between mixed-berry derived anthocyanins and a healthy diet comprising, in part, of regular bilberry consumption.
For the qualitative analysis (the identity test), the spectra of the authentic bilberry extracts were included in a library containing different classes of extracts (data not shown).
Figures 1(a)-1(c) show the LM images of the dry and ground seeds of cloudberry (a), black currant (b), and bilberry (c) before extraction.
The ability of both bilberry and French maritime pine bark to target critical aspects of increased eye pressure led scientists to formulate a compound that combined these two.
The ratio and dosages of AST oil, lutein, and bilberry extract of AST: lutein: bilberry = 1:1:10 were extrapolated based on reports used as food supplementation in the human eyes; AST oil: 6 mg/day, lutein: 6-10 mg/day, and bilberry extract: 120 mg/day [21, 27-29].
Ranked by EDEC, the most important berry species were, in order of importance, bilberry, crowberry and lingonberry (Table 3).
Body weight was significantly lower in groups receiving lingonberry (33 [+ or -] 0.9 g), blackcurrant (36 [+ or -] 0.7 g), raspberry (37 [+ or -] 1.5 g), and bilberry (38 [+ or -] 1.1 g) compared to the high-fat control.
* DianaPlantSciences, an innovative player in concentrated actives production through plant cell culture dedicated to cosmetic, nutraceuticals and nutrition, has signed an accord with Solabia in which it will supply the firm with a novel bilberry extract dedicated to the cosmetic industry.
Vaccinum myrtillus (bilberry) has long been known as a potent inhibitor of reactive oxygen/nitrogen species.
During the Second World War, RAF pilots discovered that their night vision improved after eating bilberry jam.
Would lutein or bilberry still be beneficial to me?--M.F., e-mail