Bilberry is four times richer in flavonoids and three times higher in anthocyanins than the blueberry. Research suggests that flavonoids and anthocyanins may play important roles in helping reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, and cancer. They also act as powerful antioxidants, which are well-known for their anti-aging and immune system benefits.
Regular use of bilberries has been found to have a positive impact on blood pressure and HDL cholesterol levels and they are also one of the best sources of polyphenols, which have been found to have highly beneficial health effects such as reducing high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.
Bilberry also contains high amounts of vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as well as nutritional fibre and hence a perfect food choice for children, the elderly, competitive athletes and anyone trying to improve their health, or trying to lose weight.
Berryfect comes in easy to use individual sachets which can be added to shakes, smoothies, porridge, dressings, dips and in baking, making it ideal for a busy lifestyle. The deep purple powder adds colour, nutrients and an extra tangy taste to food. One 3g serving is the equivalent of 30g of fresh berries and one complete box contains one litre of fresh picked arctic berries – all the Bilberry’s nutritionally dense parts: juice, pulp, skin and seeds are used. Berryfect contains no additives, preservatives or sugar.
Bilberry Facts: Did you know?
- Bilberry is sometimes called whortleberry and from the vaccinium myrtillus species.
- Bilberries stain fingers, mouth, tongue, clothes and your picking bucket dark blue whereas blueberry does not stain as much.
- Bilberries are tangier and stronger in flavour than blueberries.
- In Finland, bilberries are eaten fresh or made into jams and dishes. The most famous one is the bilberry pie.
- In Ireland, the fruit is known as fraughan, from the Irish fraochán, and is traditionally gathered on the last Sunday in July, known as “Fraughan Sunday”.
- Bilberry is used for improving eyesight, including night vision. In fact, during World War II, British RAF pilots ate bilberry jam to improve their night vision.
- Bilberry contains tannin that can help improve diarrhea, as well as mouth and throat irritation, by reducing swelling and inflammation.