Fact: Bilberry contains compounds called anthocyanosides, natural antioxidants that protect small blood vessels (capillaries) from free radical damage and improve circulation and eyesight.
The little berry became popular during World War II when the Royal Air Force pilots in England reported better night vision after eating bilberry jam before bombing raids. Later research showed that the European bilberry is composed of 25% anthocyanoside pigments, which are necessary for healthy vision.
It works by fortifying blood vessel walls, improving blood flow to the tiny blood vessels called capillaries that keep eyes healthy and to the large blood vessels that help maintain good circulation throughout the body.
Another side benefit is the ability to strengthen collagen, the protein that provides support to healthy connective tissue.
Bilberry has been used to treat the following vision disorders, including poor night vision, cataracts, and macular degeneration. It is also used for vascular and blood disorders and shows positive effects when treating varicose veins, thrombosis, and angina.
It has even helped people with myopia, in which long distance images are blurred. Other researchers have seen remarkable results in people who use bilberry. A registered pharmacist in Las Vegas wrote to say that she no longer needs her glasses.