Information on Bilberry
Bilberries are actually close relatives of blueberries, they
are very delicious and they are usually consumed in its raw form or as a jam or
an extract. There are quite a few savory stories that can be associated with bilberry,
especially in Ireland. Nowadays, they are quite popular all around the globe.
People use bilberries to make cakes, jams, pies and they also consume them in their raw form or perhaps juiced. Bilberries are also an important ingredient of several types of alcoholic beverages traditionally made in Italy and France. Their extracts are a common thing in the modern medicine as well. Bilberry is usually smaller than a blueberry but is much juicier at the same time. Consumption of bilberry may also lead to certain side effects in some cases.
Side Effects of Bilberry
Bilberry is botanically referred to as vaccinium myrtillus.
Moderate consumption should not trigger any unwanted side effects, but
overconsumption is usually the cause of all side effects that may be affiliated
with bilberries. Bilberry tea can be used to prevent and treat diabetes,
arthritis, ulcers and gouts, but if one exceeds the suggested daily dosage it
may lead to poisonous effects in the human body. That occurs because bilberry
contains tannins which may cause muscular contractions, drastic weight loss, and
in some cases, they may even be fatal.
Bilberry is also efficient in preventing
the blood from clotting which may be potentially dangerous for those who suffer
from numerous different types of bleeding disorders. Certain bilberry
ingredients are used extensively in the production of some types of blood
thinning medications. These medications are usually used by those who suffer
from subsequent problematic blood circulation and thicker blood variety.
Excessive consumption of bilberry combined with certain other herbal
supplements may lead to a decrease of levels of sugar in the blood. That is why
people who take medications for hypoglycemia should avoid consuming bilberries.
Bilberry can also be consumed in a form of tincture which should be diluted in water. It can also be consumed in the form of extracts or capsules. Minor side effects of bilberry include diarrhea, itchy hives, dry mouth, respiratory constrictions and inflammatory conditions of the lips, tongue and cheeks. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid consuming bilberries in any of its different forms. Bilberry provides numerous medical benefits and it triggers certain side effects only when one does not follow the strict dosage.