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Bilberry

Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Composition

  • Bilberry fruits contain larger amounts of catechin-type tannins.[1]

Healing Properties

  • Acetylcholinesterase inhibitor: (Anticholinesterase) Bilberry extract demonstrates moderate Acetylcholinesterase inhibition.
    • Inhibiting the acetylcholinesterase enzyme from breaking down acetylcholine, thereby increases both the level and duration of action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.[1]
    • There is a strong positive correlation between anticholinesterase activity and total condensed tannins.
  • Neuroprotective:
  • Antimutagenic:
  • Antiaging:
  • Antioxidant: Anthocyanins represent the main antioxidant compounds in wild berries. Bilberries contain anthocyanins mainly in the form of glucosides, galactosides and arabinosides of cyanidin, delphinidin, malvidin, petunidin and peonidin.[1]
  • Antiinflammatory:
  • Chelator: chelation of metal ions

Disease / Symptom Treatment

  • Alzheimer's Disease:
  • Cancer:
    • Colorectal cancer:

Synergistic Effects

  • 33% bilberry / 67% blackcurrant blend has the best synergistic effect.[1]

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  1. Study Type: Animal Study, Commentary, Human Study: In Vitro - In Vivo - In Silico, Human: Case Report, Meta Analysis, Review
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