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The natural benefits of Bilberries for Diabetics

The natural benefits of Bilberries for Diabetics
Posted on May 11, 2016
Archive : May 2016
Category : News

These small, soft and dark berry, similar to the more well-known blueberry, have some pretty incredible health benefits which could be beneficial to diabetics.

The compound anthocyanoside which is part of the flavonoids group found in a number of purple, blue and red berries and in purple coloured vegetables, is an influential agent present in Bilberries.

In tests it has been found to strengthen blood vessels which could protect against forms of retinal damage which is more likely to affect people with diabetes. It is known to regenerate the light-sensitive pigment in the eye called rhodopsin. High levels of antioxidants add to the berry’s beneficial properties for the eyes.

The other very interesting thing about bilberry extract or supplements is that it can help to reduce your blood glucose levels. If you are using blood glucose lowering medication that can bring on hypoglycemia, you will need to monitor your blood glucose levels and take precautions to ensure they don’t go too low.

Research continues into the beneficial nature of these tiny little berries, and these are three articles that explain some of these benefits further :-

1. http://www.diabetes.co.uk/natural-therapies/bilberry-extract.html

2. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jsfa.7144/abstract

3. http://www.thepracticalherbalist.com/holistic-medicine-library/bilberry

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