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Bilberry for the eyes, for treating glaucoma, and preventing strokes

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Scientists have found that bilberry stimulates circulation, especially around the eyes. It is high in beta-carotine, vitamin C, flavonoids, and other antioxidants that strengthen vascular tissue around the retina. It stabilizes blood vessels and collagen, and neutralizes free radicals in the retina, because it contains anthocyanosides and phytonutrients.

This plant-based medicinal food is prescribed by European physicians and is sold in European pharmacies. World War II British pilots knew they would have better night vision if they ate bilberry jam before night missions. More than thirty years of research have shown amazing benefits from bilberry, which is sometimes referred to as VMA.

In an article by Rob McCaleb, president of the Herb Research Foundation, he discusses how VMA improves night vision. VMA/bilberry increases the production of enzymes in the retina that are responsible for energy production. One of these enzymes, called retinol purple, is vital in the conversion of light to electrical signals that go to the brain. It is the light/dark adaptation that this herb improves. Studies confirm this; the extract speeds the rate at which the eyes adapt to changing light conditions. This is important because as we age, the ability of our eyes to adapt diminishes. Ginkgo Biloba increases circulation to the optic nerve and can also be beneficial.

Bilberry extracts aid vision by increasing blood flow to the retina. This increase seems to be related to the antioxidant properties of the extract, which improve the flexibility of cell membranes, and thus improve vision. The properties of capillaries to stretch more easily are enhanced. As they become more distensible, this allows red blood cells carrying nutrition and oxygen to the eyes to maneuver and squeeze through smaller spaces, as they become more deformable. Through these two properties, an increase of blood flow carrying oxygen to the retina increases the overall health and vitality to the eyes.

Because bilberry flavonoids can reduce pressure in the eye, researchers believe it can treat glaucoma as well. Bilberry also is effective in slowing cataracts from progressing.

Bilberry allows your capillaries to stretch without breaking, and heals capillary fragility by strengthening the capillary walls. Horse Chestnut, vitamin C, and bioflavonoids also help to prevent and heal in this manner. These nutrients are also valuable in treating varicose veins, hemorrhoids, bruising, and many other circulatory disorders. Since bilberry is a blood thinner, like cayenne, it can also be used to prevent stroke. It will not cause hemorrhaging; in fact, it will prevent it.

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