|A close relative of American blueberry, bilberry grows in northern Europe,
Canada, and the United States. The ripe berries are used. The leaves may also contain
beneficial compounds. The dried berries and leaves of bilberry have been recommended for a
wide variety of conditions, including scurvy, urinary tract infections, and kidney stones.
Perhaps the most sound historical application is the use of the dried berries to treat
diarrhea. Modern research of bilberry was partly based on its use by British World War II
pilots, who noticed that their night vision improved when they ate bilberry jam prior to
night bombing raids.
Active constituents of Bilberry
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