What are anthocyanins? Anthocyanins in Bilberry extract possess anti-oxidative and antimicrobial properties that can improve neurological health. They may also protect against some non-communicable diseases. Their protective properties include free-radical scavenging and inflammatory cytokines signaling.
Professional medical practitioners advise their patients to have a balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, legumes, and possibly even all-natural herbal extracts. Many of these foods provide a range of health benefits, including supporting the body’s immune health, providing protection against micro-bacteria, and supporting treatment for a range of health conditions.
Some fruits and vegetables contain polyphenolic pigments called anthocyanins, which can enhance overall health and wellbeing. In the proceeding paragraphs, I’ll help to answer the question, “What are anthocyanins?” I’ll also introduce Vaccinium uliginosum, an herbal extract that contains anthocyanins.
What Are Anthocyanins?
Anthocyanins are polyphenolic compounds referred to as flavonoids that naturally occur in plants. They play a role in the reproduction of plants, giving fruits and vegetables their red, purple, and blue colors their color and attracting pollinators. In herbal extracts such as Vaccinium uliginosum, anthocyanins are responsible for the herb’s anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and antibacterial properties.
Vaccinium is used to support treatment for diabetes, high blood pressure, and inflammation. 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 can improve short-term memory, navigational skills, balance, and coordination. Compounds in bilberries seem to jumpstart the brain in ways that can get aging neurons to communicate again.
Health Benefits of Vaccinium uliginosum
Vaccinium uliginosum is an herbal extract that grows in acidic soils and temperate conditions. The herb is native to China, Japan, and some parts of Europe. Vaccinium has proved effective in supporting treatment for several illnesses. The following therapeutic properties have been found in the extracts rich in anthocyanins and obtained by fruits or leaves of Vaccinium: vasoprotective, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, antimicrobial, anticancer, genoprotective and antioxidant.
Diabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are above optimum due to the low production of insulin. It can lead to blurry vision, fatigue, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain. Vaccinium extract may support treatment for diabetes if used effectively. The extract contains polyphenols that act against diabetic-causing enzymes. They inhibit the action of enzyme glucohydrolase, amylase, and enzyme glucosidase. Anthocyanins enhance this activity, which reduces the concentration of glycated hemoglobin and blood glucose in the bloodstream. In addition, anthocyanins increase insulin production and lower the rate of sugar absorption in the small intestine, potentially providing some protection from the risk of diabetes.
- Treatment of inflammation
- Supporting cognitive functions
- Reducing anxiety
Learn More About Vaccinium uliginosum
We’re often asked “what is Vaccinium” and “what are anthocyanins.” Vaccinium is valued for its healing and rejuvenating powers. Some people call it the “brain berry” due to the brain health support it provides. Vaccinium offers a broad spectrum of support, which is why we believe it’s a valuable health supplement.
We sell Vaccinium in small 100 gram sizes as SAVVY! Brain Health Support. We also sell Vaccinium extract in larger 200 gram to 1,000 gram sizes. To learn more about Vaccinium uliginosum as an eye health supplement and as a brain health supplement, a good place to start is our Vaccinium FAQ. We love our Vaccinium extract. We think you’ll love it too.