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Bilberries are rich in flavonoids that strengthen intra-cellular membranes and collagen. Bilberry is particularly known all over the world for the treatment of eye ailments such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and general eye fatigue and light sensitivity. Bilberries increase retinal pigments that allow the eye to tolerate light. Bilberries strengthen vein structure and are used effectively in the treatment of varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Perhaps it is the strengthening of the tiny blood vessels that feed the eyes that account, at least partially, for Bilberry’s effectiveness in eye health. Bilberries are high in chromium, which is a mineral that is essential to pancreatic health and the stabilization of blood sugar levels. Bilberries are an excellent source of antioxidants, including some that are reputed and known to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and macular degeneration.
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