Bilberry contains vitamins A, C, E and K and is a great source of fiber. It is also a source of zinc, copper, potassium, magnesium, iron and manganese. The deep blue flesh of the wild bilberries are known to be rich with anthocyanin compounds and have four times the concentration compared to farmed blueberries. The deeper the color, the richer the berries are in anthocyanin and other antioxidants. 

Bilberry has been found to do the following:

  • Protects Tissue - With their potent antioxidant activity anthocyanins protect body tissues, particularly blood vessels, from oxidizing agents circulating in the blood. Antioxidants allow these harmful oxidizing agents to bind to them instead of to body cells, preventing the agents from causing permanent damage to the lining of blood vessels.

  • Improves circulation - Several studies have shown that bilberry stimulates blood vessels to release a substance that helps dilate (expand) veins and arteries. Bilberries help keep platelets from clumping together, which, in turn, thins the blood, prevents clotting, and improves circulation. The antioxidants promote the overall health of the vascular system by strengthening the blood vessel walls and cardiac muscles.

  • Improves brain health and memory - Anthocyanin, together with selenium, vitamins and micronutrients can prevent degeneration of brain cells and neuron tissue, as well as heal already damaged cells for sharper memory.

  • Improves skin appearance - The anti-aging properties are known to have a direct effect on skin. The antioxidants, together with other nutrients, neutralise free radicals which cause aging and skin cell damage. A high concentration of pectin is seen to clear intestinal toxins that may contribute to acne. Vitamin C helps in strengthening blood vessel walls and the capillaries just below the skin and therefore can prevent bruises, varicose veins and blotches from appearing on the skin. Improved circulation can also assist in reducing cellulite.

  • Assists in digestion - Antioxidants provide a detoxing effect by cleansing toxins and waste products from the body. The polyphenols found in bilberries have been found to aid in weight loss and are particularly useful in breaking down belly fat. The high content of fiber found in bilberries in turn assists in digestion and works to prevent constipation.

  • Improves vision - High concentrate of anthocyanin, in addition to flavonoids, vitamins C, E and A as well as selenium and carotenoids have been documented as being beneficial for vision and eye health. Improvements were seen in night vision and ability to adjust to darkness. 

Check out information on bilberry's additional health benefits on Dr Oz's website.