The health benefits of Vaccinium myrtillus (also called Vaccinium uliginosum and Bilberry) include support for brain health.
Herbal therapy is often regarded as a holistic therapy that integrates spiritual, emotional, and mental health. Rather than selling hundreds of different tea and extracts, Linden Botanicals sells only a dozen teas and extracts because we believe we have identified the herbs that have the greatest potential medicinal value.
One of our favorite herbs is Vaccinium uliginosum (also known as Vaccinium myrtillus), which provides significant learning and memory support and support for cognitive decline.
What Is Vaccinium myrtillus?
Vaccinium myrtillus is an herb that contains a range of polyphenolic compounds such as anthocyanins that have been used to help treat cognitive disorders, reduce cardiac risks, and support for therapies aimed at cancer prevention. The herb grows in acidic soils in cool, temperate conditions. Some of the regions where this herb is found include China, Mongolia, Japan, and Europe.
The herb is also referred to as:
- Vaccinium uliginosum
- Bog Blueberry
- Airelle Bleue
- Airelle des Marécages
- Airelle Noire
- Arándano Negro
Some of the main polyphenols found in the herb include:
- Phenol acids
- Cognitive Function Support
Cognitive function refers to several mental abilities such as learning, memory, problem-solving, reasoning, attention and focus, and decision making. Many factors can impact one’s cognitive function, including primary illness, brain injuries, and demographic factors such as age. Uremic toxins and oxidative stress also play a key role in cognitive malfunctioning.
The anthocyanins in Vaccinium myrtillus play a significant role in reducing oxidative stress with their anti-oxidative properties. The antioxidants donate electrons that attract free radicals in the brain and deactivate reactive oxygen species (ROS).
- Diabetes Support
Polyphenols have exhibited anti-diabetic activities against diabetic-causing enzymes. They can inhibit enzymes such as glucohydrolase enzymes, α- amylase, β-glucosidase, and α-glucosidase. Anthocyanins may also reduce glycosuria, glycated hemoglobin, and blood glucose, as well as increase the secretion of insulin and lower the rate of sugar absorption in the small intestines.
- Support for Reduced Inflammation
Vaccinium myrtillus exhibits anti-inflammatory properties against THP-1 macrophages. Phenol acids may also inhibit lipopolysaccharides, reduce nitrous oxide and prostaglandins. Clinical studies show that the herb reduces inflammatory biomarkers in the plasma.
- Antimicrobial Activity
Vaccinium uliginosum has shown antimicrobial properties against Fusobacterium nucleatum and Streptococcus mutans. This antibacterial activity is attributed to flavonoid glycosides and anthocyanins. With the increasing antibiotic resistance concerns, the herb could serve as a great alternative for bacterial infections.
- Cancer Prevention Support
Flavonoid glycosides and anthocyanins have proved effective in preventing cancer by inhibiting metalloproteinases (MMPs). The bioactive compounds also induce apoptosis in cancer cells.
Try Vaccinium myrtillus Today!
Linden Botanicals sells Vaccinium myrtillus (Vaccinium uliginosum) extract in 100 gram sizes as SAVVY Brain Health Support. We also sell Vaccinium in larger 200 gram to 1,000 gram sizes. We think you’ll love Vaccinium. To learn more, start with the FAQ!