|Label: Beneficial Botanicals|
Botanical Name: Vaccinium spp.
Other Names: Bilberry
Parts Used: fresh berries
Tincture Ratio: 1:1
Reduce Cataract Formation
Antioxidant / Opthalmicum / Hemostatic
Constituents-Chemicals & Nutrients: Tannins, sugars, glucoquinone. The fruits contain pigments (anthocyanidin), flavonoids, glycoside (arbutin, myrtillin, ericolin), pectin, carbohydrates, potassium, vitamin C and iron.
For visual problems, Huckleberries increase circulation to the eyes and help in a wide range of eye diseases. The berries have also been known to aid in the reduction of cataract formation. Several studies have shown Huckleberry to improve eyesight and increase ocular blood supply in 75% of patients. One study indicated that an extract of huckleberries improved nearsightedness after 5 months of regular use while an 83% improvement in visual acuity, recorded after only 15 days.
Huckleberry is used in Europe as a preparation before
surgery to prevent excessive bleeding and hemorrhaging. A recent German
medical journal reports Huckleberry effective in reducing excessive
bleeding by 71%. The fruit contains anthocyanosides, a type of
bioflavonoid, which cause the deep blue-red color of the berries. These
anthocyanosides protect the vascular system by strengthening the
capillary walls. This produces many of the secondary benefits such as
lowering blood pressure, reducing clots, reducing varicosities and
bruising, reversing poor blood supply and improving blood supply to the
Huckleberries have been ranked higher in
activity than vitamins E and C by Dr. Pierre Braquet, a well-known
phytochemical researcher. This is due to the anthocyanosides of
Huckleberry, which may vary in amounts from one variety to another.
Anthocyanosides have been proven to be one of the more powerful
antioxidants, preventing free radical damage to collagen and collagenous
tissue, making it one of the most important agents to treat diseases
such as osteoarthristis, gout, and periodontal diseases.
Known Dosages (for Adults)
Ocular Circulation : 1 teaspoon twice a day
Antioxidant : 2 teaspoons daily
Although moderate amounts of Huckleberries are sometimes used to treat diarrhea, large amounts of the berries are laxative.
Chu W, Cheung SCM, Lau RAW, et al. Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) In: Benzie IFF, Wachtel-Galor S, editors. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; 2011. Chapter 4.
photo credit: University of Idaho, Ag Dept
This information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgement of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare provider. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of this extract is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare provider before taking this tincture.