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Bilberry fruit has a long medicinal history in Europe. It has been used to treat anything from kidney stones to Typhoid fever. During World War 2 Brtitsh pilots noted that Bilberry jam before a flight dramatically improved night vision. Modern research now supports these claims.
Bilberry contains strong antioxidents called anthocyanosides that strengthen blood vessels and capillary walls. The herb helps to maintain the flexibility of red blood cells, allowing them to pass through the capillaries and supply oxygen. Since the eyes have a high concentration of capillaries, bilberry is particularly helpful in improving eyesight. The herb has been shown to improve night vision, slow macular degeneration, prevent cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. It is also used to improve varicose veins and has anti-aging effects on collagen structures. (Also see Ginkgo)
Bilberry is now available in our new medicinal strength extract: Alcohol free, Bio-chelated*, Holistically balanced and standardized, full 1:1 herb strength (1ml = 1000mg). This vegetable glycerine based extract is powerful and easily absorbed into the system providing a quick and effective solution.
Money saving 4 Ounce Bottle with Dropper. (120ml) 240 medicinal 500mg doses!
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More On Bilberry and Vision
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 55. It affects more than 10 million Americans. It is a condition in which the central portion of the retina (the macula) deteriorates. It is equally common in men and women and more common in whites than blacks. The cause is unknown, but the condition tends to run in some families. Macular degeneration affects more Americans than cataracts and glaucoma combined.
The macula is the central and most vital area of the retina. It records images and sends them via the optic nerve from the eye to the brain. The macula is responsible for focusing central vision that is needed for seeing fine detail, reading, driving, and recognizing facial features.
There are two forms of macular degeneration: atrophic (dry) and exudative (wet). Approximately 85 to 90% of the cases are the dry type. Both forms of the disease may affect both eyes simultaneously. Vision can become severely impaired, with central vision rather than peripheral vision affected. The ability to see color is generally not affected, and total blindness from the condition is rare.
There is little that can be done within conventional medical treatment protocols to restore lost eyesight with either form of the disease. Leading researchers, however, are documenting the benefits of a more holistic approach in the treatment of AMD. Patients are being encouraged to increase physical fitness, improve nutrition (including a reduction in saturated fats), abstain from smoking, and protect their eyes from excessive light. Dietary supplementation of trace elements, antioxidants, and vitamins is recommended for improving overall metabolic and vascular functioning. Early screening and patient education offer the most hope for reducing the debilitating effects of the disease.
Dry Macular Degeneration
In the dry type of macular degeneration, the retina deteriorates in association with the formation of small yellow pigment-like deposits, called drusen, that form under the macula. The formation of these deposits leads to a thinning and drying out of the macula. Vision loss is related to the location and amount of retinal thinning caused by the drusen.
The dry type of macular degeneration tends to progress more slowly than the wet type, with vision being lost painlessly. The first symptom is usually a distortion in one eye, causing straight lines to look wavy. Blank spots will occur as the macula continues to degenerate. A vision test will sometimes reveal physical deterioration before symptoms occur.
The Effects of UV Sunlight and Smoking
The daily application of the vitamin A-based Viva Drops can provide antioxidant protection to the lens of the eye. Also, wrap-around UV-blocking sunglasses provide significant protection against UV sun rays. Exposure to sunlight without wearing UV blocking sunglasses is a risk factor in developing macular degeneration.
Cigarette smoking among women has been shown to increase the risk of macular degeneration by 2.4-fold, compared with women who never smoked. Those who quit smoking still had a twofold increased risk relative to those who had never smoked. Even among those who had quit smoking for 15 or more years, little reduction in risk was shown, compared with current smokers. Cigarette smoking has been determined to be an independent and avoidable risk factor for age-related macular degeneration among women.
Several antioxidents have been found to help in the prevention of eye disorders including macular degeneration. Bilberry contains a number of these nutrients including anthocyanosides which have been shown to slow the progression of the disease and aid in improving other areas of vision.
About Our Extracts and Bio-chelation.
*Until Bio-Chelation there was simply no good way to make a potent alcohol-free extract. Greenbush alcohol free extracts begin with organic alcohol regardless of whether the final product contains alcohol or not. After finishing the first step in the plant extraction, an additional step is performed to remove the alcohol. This is done by utilizing a proprietary cold extraction process called Bio-Chelation®. Bio-Chelation® describes the cold process vacuum distillation method, which removes all the alcohol initially used to obtain the good herbal extract. It is important to note that a cold extraction process, as opposed to a heat extraction process, helps maintain the full spectrum, or Holistic BalanceTM of the plant's constituents in the final product. The end-result is an alcohol-free extract containing the essential properties of the complete herb in a base of vegetable glycerin and water. (Vegetable glycerin is used because it can help to bind certain plant constituents, is natural to the body, easily absorbed, tastes sweet without affecting blood sugar levels, and acts as a good solvent and carrier for the plant constituents).
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