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  1. Introduction
  2. What huckleberry is used for
  3. How bilberry is used
  4. Science Says
  5. Side affects and cautions



Bilberry is also known as whortleberry, European blueberry, and huckleberry. It is related to the blueberry. It is often used to make jams and pies. Huckleberry has been in use in traditional European medicine for about one thousand years. It grows in Northern Asia, North America, and Europe.

What huckleberry is used for


  • In history huckleberry was used to take care of scurvy, diarrhea, and other conditions.
  • Huckleberry today is employed to treat venous insufficiency, eye problems, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, and varicose veins.
  • The leaf of the huckleberry is used for totally different conditions such as diabetes.

How huckleberry is used


The huckleberry fruit may be made into extracts or eaten. Similarly, the huckleberry leaves can be used to create teas or made into extracts.

Science Says


Early studies huckleberry might improve the flow of blood to the eyes. Additionally it might be helpful in treating retina disorders.

Other studies suggest that huckleberry might slow down the development of cataracts.

Italian researchers in two clinical trials discovered seventy-six percent of people with myopia (short sightedness) achieved a noticeable improvement in their retinal sensibility. Patients were given huckleberry fruit extract for fifteen days.

In three placebo-controlled double blind studies, patients took 480 to 320 mg per day of high-anthocyanoside-extract for thirty days to 12 months.

Positive improvements were seen in patients. A major reduction or losses of hemorrhages within the retina were observed. Overall a lot more scientific study on the huckleberry needs to be done.

Side affects and cautions


Huckleberry fruit is thought to be safe. However, high doses of huckleberry leaf or leaf extract are considered unsafe due to possible toxic side effects.

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