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Bilberry Extract Review
Bilberry Extract Review

PUBLISHED: 03/01/2013 by breditor
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Bilberry Extract is a certified organic tincture which can be used for various health concerns like managing blood sugar levels and treating diarrhea. The company behind this product is Mountain Rose Herbs.

Mountain Rose Herbs manufactures herbal remedies like infused oils, single herb and combination liquid extracts, salves, and capsules. Moreover it distributes herbs and spices in bulk especially to other firms. The plants sold or used in their formulations are generally organic or harvested based on sustainable agricultural practices.

Mountain Rose Herbs advertises Bilberry Extract as being obtained from organic fresh fruit and dried leaves. To obtain this tincture, the manufacturer used one part of bilberry with three parts of solvent (grain alcohol). The extraction process lasts for roughly two months. Tinctures are more powerful than capsules according to Mountain Rose Herbs. In addition, they are absorbed by the body more quickly. Bilberry is usually recommended for blood circulation problems, diabetes, eye disorders and diarrhea although we have to note that the manufacturer does not list specific ailment claims. This can be explained by the fact that the formula is not evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration therefore it is not intended to treat or prevent various medical conditions.

Bilberry Extract Ingredients

Bilberry Extract contains the following ingredients: Bilberry fresh fruit and dried leaf, and grain alcohol.

Product Features

Bilberry Extract is based on bilberry, an herb that may be used in foods, mostly desserts and drinks, but also as herbal remedy. Thus, Europeans use it for hundreds of years for the treatment of diarrhea. Moreover it is thought to improve eyesight (scientific studies on humans have shown mixed results), help in diabetes (it does lower glucose levels but clinical trials on humans are insufficient), and arthrosclerosis (its chemical structure and animal studies support this ailment claim but studies on humans need to be performed). Bilberry might interact with medication for diabetes and for improving blood circulation.

Bilberry Extract sold by Mountain Rose Herbs comes in bottles of one or four ounces with a dropper. The distributor does not suggest a maximum daily dose. According to specialists, the recommended daily dose for an average adult is 80 mg-120 mg of standardized extract twice per day. A standardized extract usually has 25% anthocyanidin. The ratio of the Mountain Rose Herbs tincture is 1:3. If you have diarrhea, the recommended dose is 5 g-10 g of crushed dried bilberry fruit in 2/3 cup of water (boiled then strained). You should not use this remedy for more than four days in a row. If you have an eye condition or circulation problems, you should take 80-240 mg in two or three doses throughout the day in capsule form.

The producer lists a few precautions regarding the use of bilberry. Thus, it says it should not be used in large amounts, it is safe for pregnant women, but there is no maximum daily dose officially recommended for breastfeeding mothers, little children and people with liver and kidney conditions. Moreover, it warns that the leaves may cause side effects and are not for long term use. It also says that bilberry lowers sugar blood levels so caution is advised in the case of diabetics who are taking medication.

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Advantages

  • It costs $7.5-$9.5 per ounce mainly depending on the bottle size, which would recommend it as a relatively inexpensive product
  • You are offered a 60-day money back guarantee
  • It is certified organic

Disadvantages

  • Shipping costs are high (if you order from the manufacturer)
  • Bilberry may interact with some drugs (e.g. diabetes medication)
  • It may not be for long term use as it contains bilberry leaves

Conclusion

Bilberry Extract by Mountain Rose Herbs may be effective if we take into consideration the long term historical use of the herb, as otherwise clinical trials on humans are relatively limited or have yielded mixed results. Therefore it might help you to improve eyesight, blood circulation or to treat diarrhea. However the effectiveness of the tincture depends very much on the extraction process. It would have been useful to find some online customer satisfaction testimonials to see whether the product is of high quality.

We like the fact that the extract is certified organic and it comes at a convenient price.This should convince some consumers to buy Bilberry Extract.

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