Bilberry and Huckleberry within Herbalism

by Jason J. Duke - Owner/Artisan

Fresh Content: June 5, 2023 13:50

Bilberry Branch with Berries 

Bilberries (Vaccinium myrtillus) and huckleberries are nutritive eye and blood tonics that may be used safely and interchangeably; they are related to blueberries, but contain a lot less sugar than blueberries, so they are used as herbs in herbalism.

What to Know About Taking Bilberry and Huckleberry

Bilberries and huckleberries were reported to improve eyesight of World War II British Royal Air Force pilots during dark night-time flights, this was before the invention of flight equipment and radar.

In general, anybody wanting possible better vision, especially at night or long-distance, is recommended to take bilberry or huckleberry.

Why Take Bilberry and Huckleberry?

The antioxidants found within bilberry and huckleberry are some of the most potent antioxidants for promoting health in the vascular system of arteries, veins, and capillaries. The small capillaries of the eyes are so small that they only allow one blood cell to pass through, so they are super important to keep healthy so that the eyes get nutrition and oxygen. The same goes for all other blood vessels also.

The potent antioxidants in bilberry and huckleberry are a mild detoxifier that supports the liver to neutralize and remove the by-products-of-fatigue that come from doing activates throughout the day.

Herbalism uses bilberry and huckleberry for the following benefits:

How Bilberry and Huckleberry Work with the Body and Diet

Flavonoid anthocyanins, quercetin, and resveratrol within bilberry and huckleberry are the constituents responsible for healthy vision and eye health.

The high concentration of various of antioxidants within bilberry and huckleberry have a benefit for the cardiovascular system, including the heart.

Undesired Outcomes While Taking Bilberry and Huckleberry

As with many herbs, some undesirable outcomes may be encountered with bilberry and huckleberry such as digestive upset and loose stools.

Some remedies for undesirable outcomes with bilberry and huckleberry are as follows:

  • Do not take bilberry and huckleberry on an empty stomach.
    • Take with complete balanced meals
  • Do not take too much at once
    • Divide your dosage up throughout the day
  • Take the correct amount of bilberry and huckleberry daily

Taking Bilberry and Huckleberry During Pregnancy and Lactation

No known harmful effect of taking the appropriate serving of bilberry and huckleberry with complete balanced meals during pregnancy and lactation. Consult a healthcare provider when adjusting lifestyle, exercise, diet, and supplementation.