A close relative of Blueberries, native to Northern Europe, and often referred to as ‘European blueberries’, Bilberry has reportedly been used for medicinal purposes since the 17th century
Bilberries are dark berries most commonly found growing on wild shrubs. The berry has a long history of being used to make juices, jams, pies, and cakes. The dark colour of the berries (almost black) and its bright red/purple centre is significant in nutrient terms because this colour reflects its anthocyanin content.
Top 3 reasons why you should add Bilberry to your skincare routine – number 3 is interesting!
Improve the appearance of your skin with the high antioxidant count
NZ Health Foods Bilberry capsules are full of antioxidants which are very important for your skin!
How do Antioxidants help with skin health?
They help to protect the skin from sun damage and let’s not forget Bilberry is also a great source of Vitamin C, A, E and K, which are also extremely important for your skin’s well-being.
Products that contain antioxidants have been known for keeping the skin clean and reducing the breakout of spots, and some research suggests that antioxidants are helpful to combat the signs of ageing in the skin!
Dermatologists say that antioxidants are a must for every single person’s skincare regimen.
“Antioxidants protect the skin by reducing and counteracting free radical production. Antioxidants protect your skin and help reduce pigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles.” Says Dr. Mack.
NZ Health Foods Bilberry is rich in anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants. The main benefit of Bilberry is the high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value, which measures actual antioxidant capacity.
Bilberry has one of the highest ORAC values among berries. This value tells us the ability of a food product to scavenge and neutralize free radicals that are harmful to the body.
Anti-Inflammatory Properties to Reduce Redness, Swelling and Pain.
NZ Health Foods Bilberry one-a-day capsule supports the body’s immune system and inflammatory behavior. These are best known for helping to decrease swelling, redness, and pain. Taking one Bilberry capsule each morning will help support your body’s defenses to reduce this redness and swelling, and help minimise those angry, red, and swollen spots.
Looking for another natural way to help support your body’s health in dealing with those raw spots?
Try UMF Manuka Honey!
UMF Manuka Honey also supports the body’s immunity responses which can help to manage local inflammation caused by acne. UMF Manuka Honey is well known for its antibacterial properties, which can help to destroy harmful bacteria.
Give your skin a ‘natural glow’ with healthy blood circulation
NZ Health Foods Bilberry one-a-day capsule has been known to help great overall health and support healthy blood circulation.
How does having improved blood circulation helps towards skin?
“Anything that promotes healthy circulation may also help keep your skin healthy and vibrant” says dermatologist Ellen Marmur.
Poor blood circulation is the root cause of a variety of skin-related health concerns. So insufficient blood flow to the face could cause a variety of skin problems.
- Dull skin
- Development of wrinkles and fine lines
- Skin discoloration
- In some cases, acne, and rashes
Promoting healthy blood circulation to the face has been known to help your skin look younger, softer, and more radiant. By encouraging healthy blood circulation, you could help achieve more glow in your face and younger, more youthful looking skin.
Other ways to increase healthy blood circulation in your face?
You could try facial massage! There are specific face rollers that help increase skin blood flow for more than 10 minutes after the massage.
“I can see clearly now I take Bilberry”
Bilberry is most known for the ability to help the health of your eyes! No need to eat raw carrots anymore… taking an easy one-a-day natural supplement sounds much easier, right?
In-fact, have you heard this old legend?
British Royal Air Force pilots, after eating bilberry jam for tea, bombed the enemy during WWII with devastating accuracy, their night vision heightened by the powers of the inky blue fruit.
This story has not been confirmed but, as reported by PUBMED, during a 2-year study on people with glaucoma (a condition that leads to gradual loss of sight), found that taking 120mg of Bilberry anthocyanins daily improved visual function by around 30%.
NZ Health Food’s Bilberry 30,000 is a high strength formulation of Bilberry and added Lutein extracted from Marigold flowers. Together these have been known to help support visual clarity, eye strength, focus, and the ability to cope with eye strain and night vision, assist in managing retinal inflammation, protecting the cornea of the eye, so may be helpful with reducing the risk of macular degeneration, glaucoma or cataracts.
With just 1 capsule per day you can help support your vision, help towards lowering your blood sugar levels, help towards lowering cholesterol levels, help your immunity system manage inflammation, support brain health, and improve the appearance of your skin!
However, the benefits of NZ Health Foods Bilberry do not end there!
Other beneficial antioxidant compounds can be found in Bilberry (a wide variety of phenol’s) and research around its use for cardiovascular, immune and metabolic health would suggest that this “super” berry can have a key role in helping the body keep in great shape.
There are many research papers written and ongoing research being undertaken, showing exciting developments in how Anthocyanins from both Bilberry and its closely related Blackcurrant can help human health in a wide range of ways.
These health improvements range from;
- May decrease inflammation
- May help control cholesterol
- May help control type 2 diabetes
- May improve vision and night vision
- Lower oxidative stress
- Protect DNA and gene expression
- Support brain health