|Other:||Bilberry (Europe), huckleberry & blueberry (North America)|
The fresh fruit can be used to prevent degenerative diseases; the dried berries can be used specifically for diarrhea.
• diarrhea, particularly with children (dried fruit)†
• constipation, sluggish bowels (fresh berries)
• prevents lower urinary tract infections
• may prevent stroke and cardiovascular disease (berries)
• reduced vascular tone (berries)
• atherosclerosis (berries)
• capillary fragility
• hemorrhoids (also post-hemorrhoidectomy)
• varicose veins
• venous insufficiency
• retinopathy (berries)
• macular degeneration
• impaired night vision
• colorectal cancer
• breast cancer
† Note: bilberries as several times more astringent than north american blueberries and thus is better suited for diarrhea.
• Dried: 20-60 g/day (~1/4 cup)
• Fresh: 15 g of berry
Note: the dried berries are indicated for diarrhea, not the fresh berries.
Long-term use: Berries are safe. Leaves are generally safe but long-term use safety has not yet been established.
Monitor patients on anti-coagulant therapy.
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