Bilberry or Vaccinium myrtillus L. is a plant that is believed to treat circulatory or blood flow disorders. This drug is also believed to be able to overcome menstrual pain or eye disorders due to hypertension or diabetes. However, its effectiveness is not known with certainty.
Bilberries contain a variety of phenolic substances , including flavonols, tannins, ellegitannins, phenolic acid , and anthocyanins . These substances have antioxidant effects which are believed to have many health benefits.
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What is Bilberry
|Benefit||It is believed to be used in the treatment of circulation disorders and eye disorders due to diabetes or hypertension|
|Bilberry for pregnant and lactating mothers||Category N: Not yet categorized. It is not yet known whether bilberries are absorbed into breast milk. If you are breastfeeding, it is advisable to consult a doctor first before using this herb.|
|Drug form||Tablets and capsules (extract)|
Warning Before Consuming Bilberry
Here are some things you need to pay attention to before consuming bilberry:
- Do not take bilberry or products containing this ingredient if you are allergic to it.
- Talk to your doctor about taking bilberry supplements if you have diabetes .
- Tell your doctor that you are taking bilberry supplements if you are planning to have a medical or surgical procedure.
- Consult your doctor if you plan to take bilberry or products containing this ingredient along with other medications, supplements or herbal products
- Talk to your doctor about taking bilberry supplements if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning a pregnancy.
- Immediately consult a doctor if you experience an allergic reaction after consuming bilberry or supplements containing billberry.
Dosage and Rules of Use Bilberry
Bilberry in supplement form is believed to be used to improve the quality of vision and disorders of the circulatory system . However, its effectiveness in both conditions is unknown.
In general, the dose of bilberry is 60–480 mg per day, which can be divided into 2–3 doses.
Always read the instructions for use on the product packaging. One product that contains 25 mg of bilberry extract, can be taken 1 tablet 2-3 times a day. If in doubt, discuss with your doctor to get a dose and duration of use that is appropriate for your health condition.
How to Consume Bilberries Correctly
Read the instructions on the product packaging containing bilberry before consuming it. If you are unsure or have special health conditions, discuss with your doctor about the dosage, product choices, and how to use it according to your condition.
Store bilberry herbal products in a place away from direct sunlight. Keep this herbal product out of reach of children.
Bilberry Interactions with Other Drugs
The following are some of the effects of interactions that may occur if herbal products containing bilberry are taken with other medicines or herbs:
- Increased risk of developing low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) when used with antidiabetic medicines, such as insulin, pioglitazone , or glimepiride
- Increased risk of developing a disulfiram -like reaction , such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and headache, if used with alcohol
- Increased risk of bleeding if taken with blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin or warfarin
Bilberry Side Effects and Dangers
Bilberry rarely causes side effects if taken according to the recommended dosage. Avoid taking bilberry extract in excessive doses or in the long term.
See your doctor right away if you experience an allergic reaction after taking bilberry or any herbal product or supplement that contains bilberry.