Packed with antioxidants, bilberries and other whortleberries are great for the skin, preventing wrinkles and pre-mature aging of the skin as well as against cellulite. These superberries may also help prevent acne breakouts due to their high concentration of pectin. Pectin is a type of dietary fiber that helps clear intestinal toxins that may contribute to acne. A diet rich in fiber helps prevent constipation, which in turn helps reduce pressure on the veins, thus promoting the overall health of the vascular system.
A study found that a natural compound called pterostilbene in bilberries and cultivated blueberries can help prevent colon cancer. Studies have found blueberries to be effective at inhibiting colon cancer cell proliferation and inducing cancer cell apoptosis.
Blueberries, including bilberries, may be one of the best foods for fighting urinary tract infection (UTI): the anti-UTI properties of blueberries seem to be linked to the high concentration of the bioflavonoid epicatechin found in blueberries (and cranberries). Epicatechin works by preventing bacteria from attaching to the lining of the bladder. As a result, the E. coli bacteria responsible for most UTIs are eliminated through urine before they can cause an infection.
Anthocyanin, the flavonoid responsible for blueberries’ tart taste and intense color, possesses strong anti-inflammatory properties which may help control symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Some scientists believe that the anti-inflammatory powers of anthocyanin may be even stronger than those of aspirin.
According to numerous studies bilberry extract can improve vision, especially night time visual acuity, reduce eyestrain, and promote quicker adjustment to darkness. These beneficial effects on eye health also appear to be linked to the high concentration of anthocyanin present in bilberries. Other studies suggest that blueberries may also prevent — and even reverse — macular degeneration, the primary cause of vision loss and blindness in the elderly. Due to its extraordinary benefits on eye health, the Japanese often refer to the blueberry as “the vision fruit”.
Bilberries and blueberries are a good source of vitamin C and vitamin K. They are also one of the best berry sources of vitamin E. Blueberries are also rich in manganese.
These easily soluble gelatine capsules contain absolutely nothing other than pure bilberry extract, 470 mg in each capsule, of which 6,6 mg is anthocyanin, the active substance of bilberries, as found in nature.