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bilberry

(bĭl′bĕr′ē)
n.
1.
a. A low-growing deciduous shrub (Vaccinium myrtillus) of the heath family native to Eurasia and western North America, having edible bluish-black berries borne singly or in pairs, used for making jams, jellies, and juice and for medicinal purposes.
b. Any of several similar plants of the genus Vaccinium.
2. The fruit of any of these plants.

bilberry

Herbal medicine
A shrub, the berries of which contain anthocyanosides; bilberry is said to prevent atherosclerosis, and has been used internally for eye problems (cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, myopia, night blindness, diabetes) and GI complaints (colic, constipation, diarrhoea, hypertension), and externally for burns, haemorrhoids, dermatitis, spider nevi and varicose veins.

bil·ber·ry

(bil'ber-ē)
Agent derived from dried fruit of Vaccinum myrtillus; studies suggest value in cardiovascular disease; also used to treat optic disorders; anecdotal reports claimuse improved vision.
Synonym(s): European blueberry, huckleberry, whortleberry.
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When people suffering from glaucoma took 120 mg of bilberry anthocyanins for two years, there was a 30 percent improvement in their vision.
Despite their high concentration, commercial products containing bilberry's standardised extract have a safe therapeutic dose varying from 120mg to 480mg per day, which produces an actual daily anthocyanin dose of 60mg to 120 mg per day.
Thus, authentic bilberry extract samples with known anthocyanin content (n = 65) were divided into two parts: one for calibration (n = 38) and the other for validation set (n = 27).
The following gradient mixture was used for black currant and bilberry seed oils: isocratic elution with 85% (v/v) MeOH and 15% (v/v) MTBE for 2 min; the gradient was then built up over 9 min with 75% MeOH and 25% MTBE; for the next 12 min, the gradient attained 10% MeOH and 90% MTBE; in the following 3 min, the gradient reached the initial composition of 85% MeOH and 15% MTBE, followed by isocratic elution for the final 4 min.
Other studies showed that bilberry extract could counteract hyperpermeability of the ciliary capillaries.
To illustrate just what a major tourist attraction the Lickey Hills used to be in the early part of the 20th century just look at the picture postcard dated August 31, 1927 showing hundreds of Brummies climbing and descending Bilberry Hill.
"Other conifers and larch, which is susceptible to Phytophthora ramorum, were removed to reduce the risk of further infection and to prevent the wider spread of Phytophthora ramorum disease in Bilberry across the Lickey Hills.
(4) bilberry extract (anthocyanidin; dried bilberry extract, ET; Lot: 31584/M1; DDW).
and rowan Sorbus aucuparia, and the ground layer is dominated by dwarf shrubs, such as heather Calluna vulgaris and berry-bearing species, including bilberry, lingonberry and crowberry (Elfstrom et al.
Waterford City and County Council plan on constructing a cycleway and walkway adjacent to the existing railway line between Kilmeaden and Bilberry in County Waterford.
The experimental diets were high-fat diets supplemented with one of eight freeze dried berries; Lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum), raspberry (Rubus idaeus), bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), and blackberry (Rubus fruticosus) were obtained from MOLDA AG (Dahlenburg, Germany).
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