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Related to bearberry: kinnikinnick, Uva ursi


Herbal medicine
An evergreen shrub, the leaves of which contain allantoin, arbutin, flavonoids, phenolic acid and tannins; it is diuretic and tonic, and has been used by herbalists to treat urinary infections and low back pain.

Bearberry should not be used in pregnancy, as it stimulates uterine contractions and may cause nausea, tinnitus and convulsions.
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A shrub (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) whose dried leaves are used in various formulations; studies suggest value in diabetes and weight loss; purported value as a diuretic; use has been known to discolor urine.
Synonym(s): crowberry, foxberry, uva-ursi.
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"Bearberry Optivegetol has no skin lightening properties even though it contains arbutin.
A mixture of this extract with bearberry has shown potent tyrosinase inhibiting and skin whitening properties.[4]
Various fruit and herb plants including plum, cranberries, pomegranate, bearberry, grape seed extract, pine bark extract, rosemary, oregano, green tea, and other species may function as antimicrobial and antioxidants in meat and poultry products (51,52).
The acid is balanced out by the calming effects of bearberry and tomato extracts.
Uva Ursi (bearberry) is widely accepted in Europe for the prevention of rUTIs because it has diuretic, urinary antiseptic, astringent, and anti-inflammatory properties (Trill et al., 2017).
Some native shrubs that are good for these birds are nannyberry (Viburnum lentago), fragrant sumac (Rhus aromatica), winged sumac (Rhus copallinum), Northern spicebush (Lindera benzoin), common winterberry (Ilex verticillata), red bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), American hazelnut (Corylus americana) and American witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana).
The product is a blend of quality natural ingredients, including Bearberry, Chamomile, Fireweed, Orange oil, and Tremella.
An organic route to after-exposure care is Organic Nation's Enlighten3 Skintone Serum featuring African bearberry and licorice root as a way of removing age spots and skin discoloration from skin damage.
With wild Siberian ginseng and bearberry, the gel cleanses, tones and removes impurities, while the vitamin C and sakhalin limonnik leave skin feeling refreshed.
A significant decrease in [a.sup.*] values of raw pork patties containing grape seed extract and bearberry has been reported over a 12-day storage by Carpenter et al.