Bilberry is a herb which is considered to have quite wide applications – particularly for the eyes. The fruit contains chemicals known as anthocyanosides, plant pigments that have excellent antioxidant properties. They scavenge free radicals, helping to prevent or reverse damage to cells.
Antioxidants have been shown to help prevent a number of long-term illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and Macular Degeneration. Bilberry also contains vitamin C, which is another antioxidant.
During the second World War British pilots are said to have eaten bilberry jam in an effort to improve their night vision. There is unfortunately, no documented proof that this did work!
Laboratory studies have provided preliminary evidence that bilberry consumption may inhibit or reverse eye disorders such as Macular Degeneration.
A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial on 50 patients suffering from senile cataract showed that a combination of bilberry extract and vitamin E administered for 4 months was able to stop lens opacity progress in 97% of the cataracts.
High quality Bilberry formulas are a synergistic blend of herbs to help with the healthy circulation to the eye. These formulas help promote blood circulation to the eyes helping to repair damaged vessels, improve night vision, cleanse the tissues and bring antioxidants to the eye.
Personally, I recommend the use of a top quality Bilberry Extract from Natures Way as an eye specific herb – particularly in limiting the effects of Macular Degeneration – where there has been some positive scientific feedback.