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BILBERRY (blueberry, huckleberry) - 歐洲越橘
Vaccinium myrtillus

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Diabetes, disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and urinary bladder, eczema, tired legs, E. coli infection ... Berries: poor eyesight ..

Description

Composition :
Capsule, 100% Vaccinium myrtillus flos & herba

Part used :
Blossoming shoots and leaves - 210 mg / berries 250 mg

Bilberry, also called Blue Whortleberry, Huckleberry and Hurtleberry, is a species in the genus Vaccinium and a member in the Heather family (Ericaceae), which is native to Europe, Asia and the western United States. It occurs wild on heathlands and acidic soils. Its berries have long been consumed in Europe; it is one of the wild origins and predecessors of the North American Blueberry. The plant grows 10 – 60 cm (4-24in) tall and has egg-shaped leaves, 2 – 3 cm (7/8-1in) long.

Tales of how the use of Bilberry helped with mild forms of diabetes (diabetes mellitus) are popular. The beneficial effect is likely due to the glucokinin found in the leaves. Recent research support the assumption, that use of the leaves increases insulin production.

Flavones, tanning agents, arbutin and glycosides have beneficial properties for treating the above mentioned health disorders, as these substances are diuretic and have a stimulating effect on the pancreas. Bilberry leaves are recommended to support weight loss (dieting). The blue colorant of the dried berries has antiseptic properties; it is beneficial for treatment of diarrhea and macula degeneration (medical condition which affects older adults and results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field, due to degeneration of the retina). Fresh Bilberry leaves are rich in vitamin A, B6 and C.

History: In European folk medicine, Bilberry has been used for nearly 1'000 years. In traditional austrian medicine, the berries have been used as tea or liqueur for treatment of disorders of the gastro-intestinal tract and diabetes. How to distinguish Billberry and American Blueberry: Bilberry fruit will stain hands, teeth and tongue deep blue (it was used as a dye for food and clothes), while American Blueberries have flesh of less intense color and are much less staining.

Note: Do not overdose leaves.

Dosage

Take 2-6 capsules daily, with plenty of water.

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