Bilberry (Vaccinium) 101
Bilberry Frequently Asked Questions
We get a lot of questions about Bilberry (Vaccinium uliginosum) extract. Here, we’ll answer many of them. If you have additional questions, reach out!
Do you sell Bilberry (Vaccinium uliginosum)?
Yes! You can order Bilberry from our online store.
What are the health benefits of Bilberry?
Bilberry is a powerful nootropic, an adaptogen, and an antioxidant. It’s highly valued for its healing and rejuvenating powers, and it’s used to treat a variety of chronic diseases and everyday ailments.
Bilberry health benefits include antioxidant, genoprotective, antitumorigenic, anti-inflammatory, hypoglycemic, and antimicrobial effects. It promotes a healthy heart, healthy eyes, healthy skin, healthy muscles, and brain health. Among many other uses, it is recognized as a possible tool to combat chronic and infectious diseases in aging populations.
Bilberry is valued for its healing and rejuvenating powers. Some people call it the brain berry because of the support it provides for brain health. Therapeutic uses include strengthening and nourishing the joint tissues. It is also used to support the proper function of the colon, lungs, liver, and spleen. Vaccinium offers a broad spectrum of support, which is why we believe it’s a valuable health supplement.
What are other health benefits of Bilberry?
Chapter 4 of Herbal Medicine says: “Bilberry … is one of the richest natural sources of anthocyanins. These polyphenolic components give bilberry its blue/black color and high antioxidant content, and they are believed to be the key bioactives responsible for the many reported health benefits of bilberry and other berry fruits.
“Although bilberry is promoted most commonly for improving vision, it has been reported to lower blood glucose, to have anti-inflammatory and lipid-lowering effects, and to promote antioxidant defense and lower oxidative stress. … [B]ilberry is of potential value in the treatment or prevention of conditions associated with inflammation, dyslipidemia, hyperglycemia or increased oxidative stress, cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer, diabetes, and dementia and other age-related diseases.”
Bilberry interacts with the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, nervous, renal, and integumentary body systems. Today, it’s generally recognized that it supports a whole healthy lifestyle approach and offers a wide range of health-related properties, including antioxidant, antitumorigenic, anti-inflammatory, hypoglycemic, and antimicrobial effects.
How did you choose your Bilberry supplier?
For each of the products we sell, company owner Michael Van der Linden and members of our team do substantial research, visit the source, and meet with the collectors and processors personally. We back up our faith in our source and our processors with testing.
Can it help with aging, memory, and cognition?
Clinical studies suggest it can improve memory, and it is believed to help with age-related cognitive issues. In fact, it may reverse the cognitive decline some of us experience with aging.
It is commonly used as a rejuvenator of the mind and a meditation support to increase clarity of thought. It’s also frequently used to support the treatment of cognitive deficits and to improve learning and memory. Studies have found that the addition of bilberry to the diet improved short-term memory, navigational skills, balance, and coordination. Compounds in bilberries seem to jumpstart the brain in ways that get aging neurons to communicate again.
Can it help relieve stress?
It helps maintain the balance of the central nervous system when you’re under stress. Some evidence suggests that the extract protects the brain from the effects of stress.
Does it support anticancer activity?
It is believed to better detoxify xenobiotics, which may lead to better control of cell growth and lowers the risk of cancer. In addition, it may lower the risk of oxidative stress-related disease.
Can it lower insulin resistance?
It may lower insulin resistance. It may also lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and help to better control type 2 diabetes.
Can it support healthy vision and sensory input?
Studies suggest it can help preserve healthy vision. It helps prevent diabetic retinopathy, which is disease of the retina that results in impairment or loss of vision. It is widely used to improve night vision and decrease vascular permeability and capillary fragility. Vaccinium extract may be able to protect against blue light damage and eye strain resulting from computer and tablet use.
How about inflammation?
It may lower the risk of inflammation-related disease.
Can it lower blood pressure?
It may help lower blood pressure, improve lipids, and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
What digestive support does it provide?
It may promote healthy digestion. It has been used as an antidiarrhoeal. The effectiveness of Bilberry extract against enteric viruses may be the source for its traditional use to stop diarrhea. It is regarded in traditional systems as being useful for constipation, irritable bowel system, flatulence, ulcers, vomiting, intermittent fever, kidney stones, and hemorrhoids. It maintains regular elimination, helping to clear accumulated toxins in the gut.
Does it support heart health and circulation?
It is often used as a heart tonic. This traditional use has been supported by a number of studies. Benefits from the anthocyanin and polyphenol antioxidants in blueberries are seen in healthy subjects and in those with existing metabolic risk factors. Underlying mechanisms for these beneficial effects are believed to include upregulation of endothelial nitric oxide synthase, decreased activities of carbohydrate digestive enzymes, decreased oxidative stress, and inhibition of inflammatory gene expression and foam cell formation.
What are its skin health benefits?
Vaccinium has the potential to alleviate immune system-related skin disorders and the ability to protect the skin against UV light photoaging.
What are the plant’s traditional uses?
Bilberry has long been a staple in the medical traditions of the Inuit and other first nations tribes of North America. The berry is also ethnomedically important to the people of the Caucus mountains.
The Cree and other Native American nations consumed blueberry to improve night vision. Other traditional uses include drinking a tea from the leaves as an antidiarrhoeal, drinking the juice as a heart tonic, and consuming the berries to enhance endurance. Modern research supports these traditional uses.
What does the plant look like?
Vaccinium is the Latin word for “blueberry” or “whortleberry.” Uliginosum means “full of moisture” or “marshy.” Bilberry is a perennial plant of the heather family (Ericaceae). It is closely related to the blueberry, cranberry, and huckleberry. The plant has many green, triangular, erect stems and flat, jagged, oval leaves. The urn-shaped flowers are pale pink or reddish in color.
How do I consume Bilberry extract?
You can also mix 1/2 teaspoon with 1 teaspoon honey, add the mixture to warm water, and drink it as a tea.
Our team also developed a simple and healthy memory boost smoothie recipe to support nootropic brain health — particularly improved memory. We also have a Bilberry stress relief smoothie recipe. These smoothies are blended drinks of fresh fruits, dark leafy greens, supplements, and Vaccinium extract that will help you improve your memory while also energizing you and transforming your body from the inside out. Best of all — they taste great!
Does Bilberry have caffeine?
What flavonoids, anthocyanins, and polyphenols does it include?
Great question! First, let’s break it down. Flavonoids are plant metabolites thought to provide health benefits through cell signalling pathways and antioxidant effects. Anthocyanins are a type of flavonoid — a class of compounds with antioxidant effects. Polyphenols are micronutrients packed with antioxidants and potential health benefits. It’s thought that polyphenols can improve digestion issues, weight management difficulties, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular diseases.
Bilberry flavonoids include flavone (luteolin), flavonols (rutin, myricetin, Myricetin-3-O-galactoside, quercetrin, laricitrin, syringetin,kaempferol, isorhamnetin and quercetin, and quertectin-3-O-galactoside), and flavanols (gallocatechin, epigallocatechin, catechin, and catechin gallate).
Its anthocyanins include anthocyanidins (malvidin-3-galactoside, malvidin-3-glucoside, and cyanidin, delphinidin, petunidin, peonidin, and arabinose).
Its polyphenols include pterostilbene, resveratrol, ellagic acid, phlorizin, naringin and kaempferol.