Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)
Bilberries are relatively low in calories, yet a good source of water, fiber, manganese, and vitamins C and K. Berries are one of the best dietary sources of antioxidants. Bilberries are an especially good source of anthocyanins, a powerful antioxidant likely responsible for their health benefits. Bilberries may improve vision in people with glaucoma and reduce eye fatigue and dryness in people working with video display terminals. Bilberries may stimulate insulin secretion and prevent the breakdown of carbs in your gut, both of which may help lower blood sugar levels. Bilberries may help lower blood pressure, reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, increase HDL (good) cholesterol, and protect you from blood clots, thus improving your heart health. Bilberries may improve learning and memory in older adults, fight off certain bacteria, and reduce symptoms of ulcerative colitis.