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Magic or Fairytale? Does This Herb Improve Eyesight?

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Last Reviewed: May 1, 2019
Eye Surgeon

Professionally Reviewed by
Dr. Gary L. Bodiford
Ophthalmologist

Dietician

Professionally Reviewed by
Chryseia Brennan
Dietician

Let's have a look into a little, dark purple berry. Legend has it that British soldiers ate the jam during WWII. And with that jam, their night vision improved...

Cute story... but knowing holistic eyesight, probably not true... because the sugar in the jam would cause a serious sugar crash... and with that the liver has to work overtime to get rid of it...

Plus, boiling any berry to death is going to kill all the antioxidants. And the antioxidant content is what this little berry is hailed from.

So, in case you haven't heard of it, we are talking about Bilberry.

A relative of the cranberry and the American blueberry. It almost looks like a blue berry, just with dark purple flesh. And that dark purple gives away the higher antioxidant content.

It has been used to help with inflammation and diarrhea in Germany for centuries. And in recent years, it's making waves because of the supposed effects on night vision.

But the traditional German use shows where the positive effects on eyesight are coming from. Bilberry has a high anti-inflammatory effect. Most eye conditions and diseases have a strong inflammatory component.

In fact, a study in 1996 confirmed that inflammation in the eye caused eye problems. And many eye conditions come with, or as a results of, oxidative inflammation. So taking a herbal supplement high in antioxidants to fight the oxidative damage makes sense.

Plus, if it reduces the inflammation at the same time, the better.

Bilberry also has a positive effect on the blood. The lifestyle of the 21st century is acidifying. Meaning it causes blood cells to stick together. So blood moves slower through the veins.

Therefore oxygen doesn't travel well through the body.

Bilberry stops that clogging up. Which helps to deliver oxygen throughout the system.

So, is Bilberry worth as supplement?

That depends on the quality! In the roam of supplements, cheap means low quality. But expensive doesn't necessarily mean good quality...

So, you need to source a high quality, organic, strength verified product. Otherwise, it'll be full of chemical herbicides and pesticides. They do more damage than good to your eyesight and health.

Of course the benefits are ridiculed by the ophthalmic industry... because anything that could have a benefit to your eyesight that doesn't include glasses, contacts, or slicing up your eyes is ridiculed...

Some sources suggest to eat local blueberries or blackberries instead.

That could be an alterntaive. But you must make sure they are organically grown. Otherwise, they are strayed to death. These are two of the most sprayed fruits.

So, if it's not organic, stay away.

Plus, with a Bilberry extract, you get a fortified strength of the helpful active ingredients. With blueberries, you have to eat a lot of berries to get the same amount. Plus, you have to be sure that your body is able to absorb the nutrients.

So, Bilberry is really a case of; if you need support, a high quality, organic, strength verified supplement maybe really helpful.

But of course, a supplement will not undo the lack of healthy balanced diet. Thus, if you use a supplement, make sure your diet also reflects your need to improve your health.

And yes, you guessed it, we discuss all of this in depth in the Pure Vision Method™. So stay tuned for the next opening!

Let me know what you think... comment below!

Eye Surgeon

Professionally Reviewed by
Dr. Gary L. Bodiford
Ophthalmologist

Dietician

Professionally Reviewed by
Chryseia Brennan
Dietician

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