Huckleberry & Bilberry Health Benefits Archive

Huckleberry Fever in Asia and Finland

Posted September 18, 2015 By sandy

In the inland Pacific northwest, we think we have the corner on huckleberries. But there are other countries and areas that grow them and use them.

A few weeks ago, we were approached by Rae Ellen Bichell for information on Dr. Dan Barney’s huckleberry research.  Here is excepts from her article on ‘huckleberry fever’:

Asian Countries Have Nordic Berry Fever, And Finland Can’t Keep Up

Right now, some 7,000 Thai workers are combing the Lapland wilderness of Finland and Sweden for bilberries, lingonberries and cloudberries. Each day, they hike into the woods that lie mostly above the Arctic Circle with buckets and simple scooping tools, emerging with up to 270 pounds in berries per person….

Huckleberry Fever in Asia and Finland

Who’s so wild about these intensely flavored berries? Nordic folk load them into pies, jams, breakfast porridge and reindeer meatballs. They make ice cream, juice, and even shampoo out of them.

But there’s another group that’s increasingly driving this wild fruit harvest: health-conscious people in East Asia…

Labels on various lotions and potions sold in Asia — like this dark purple powder — make exaggerated claims that the berries improve night vision, make people smarter, and ward off cancer, obesity, ulcers and heart disease.

But there’s actual science showing that Finnish and Swedish bilberries are packed with more vitamins and antioxidants than North American blueberries. Lingonberries can help prevent urinary tract infections. Cloudberries, the most rare and expensive of the three, may boost intestinal flora and help prevent colon cancer. And, says Rainer Peltola, a senior research scientist at the Finnish Natural Resources Institute, “a berry-rich diet has been connected with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.”…

The growing market pressure is leading to more discussion about how to develop a more dense and reliable crop farmers could control. And plant researchers and fruit companies are considering another possibility: cultivating the berries similarly to how lowbush, or wild, blueberries are cultivated in North America….


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Huckleberies on Your Cereal

Posted July 26, 2011 By sandy

Bringing the wild into your kitchen with Pat Wells


The other morning I topped my bowl of cereal with the most flavourful, and probably the healthiest array of wild foods there are: wild berries. Harvested from Revelstoke’s backyard, I have been feasting on strawberries, black and red raspberries, blueberries, Saskatoon berries, and huckleberries.


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Health Benefits of Huckleberries

Posted June 13, 2011 By sandy

Huckleberry, the name immortalized by the famous character Huckleberry Finn, is one of the most popular fruits in North America. If you are unaware of it, then note that huckleberries are small fruits that resemble blueberries. These berries belong to the family Ericaceae. These berries are not only good to taste but are also useful for medicinal purposes. If you wish to know about the health benefits of huckleberries, then scroll down for more information. But, let us first know more about huckleberries. ….  READ MORE

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Huckleberry & Bilberry Health Benefits

Posted February 11, 2011 By sandy

Huckleberry health

Kimberley Daily Bulletin
Cranbrook, BC – The black mountain huckleberry is perhaps the most important wild uses of huckleberries and local knowledge of huckleberry ecology.

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Central Oregon Huckleberry Plants |

Central Oregon Huckleberry Plants. Huckleberries (Vaccinium) are related to blueberries. How to Pick More Huckleberries with a Huckleberry Picking Rake

Health Benefits Of Huckleberry,Nutritional Value of Huckleberry

Nutrition Benefits Of Eating Huckleberries. Huckleberry is really a little spherical berry discovered within the North American and European continents,

When Are Huckleberries Ready to Pick? |

Huckleberries are not a popular garden plant, but in many places the fruit can grow How to Pick More Huckleberries with a Huckleberry Picking Rake

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Are Huckleberries Alkaline? |

Are Huckleberries Alkaline?. The huckleberry, a shrub with fruit that resembles the blueberry, prefers to grow in woodland soils.

Where to Pick Huckleberries in Oregon |

Where to Pick Huckleberries in Oregon. A huckleberry is a relative of the blueberry. Like the blueberry, huckleberries can be picked and eaten in the wild .

How to Till & Pick Huckleberries |

University of Minnesota Extension: Garden Huckleberries · University of Idaho University: UI Horticulturist Looks to Tame the Huckleberry .

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Huckleberries and Herbal Medicine

Posted October 31, 2010 By sandy

Huckleberry: How It Can be Used for Herbal Medicine

Huckleberries are great in muffins, cookies, breads, and other baking. I like huckleberry pie the best. Add them to your waffle mix or pancake batter then

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Medicinal Facts on Huckleberries

Posted January 24, 2010 By sandy

Medicinal Facts on Huckleberries |

Medicinal Facts on Huckleberries. Huckleberries are a fruit that you can eat raw or baked. The berries also have medicinal qualities.

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Huckleberry/Bilberry Improve Vision?

Posted October 31, 2009 By sandy

Family Doctor: Jury still out on the vision benefits of bilberry

Canton Repository – Canton,OH,USA
A: Bilberries, also known as whortleberries, huckleberries or European blueberries, are commonly used in syrups, pies, cobblers and jams.

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Huckleberries & Night Vision

Posted June 4, 2009 By sandy

Improve Your Night Vision With Bilberry
By Wellyn Leu

Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) is a shrub found in the mountains of Europe and North America. It is related to the North America’s blueberry and huckleberry. The shrub produces a blue black or purple berry with purple meat from July through September, depending on the elevation. This berry is the part of the plant of interest. In addition to its use as a food, it was documented as being used to treat kidney stones, biliary problems, scurvy, coughs, and tuberculosis in the 1500s. It has also been used to make a traditional tea to treat diabetes, and purportedly has a hypoglycemic effect. Little is known about bilberry’s active constituents and their pharmacology, although it has been studied since at least 1964 for ophthalmological and vascular disorders.

Most of these studies were performed in Europe and many are published in non-English or obscure journals. Stories of British Royal Air Force pilots eating bilberry jam during World War II to improve their night vision may have prompted some of these studies. In the United States, bilberry is usually sold in capsule form as an antioxidant and to promote eye health. It is sometimes combined with other vitamins or herbs purported to be beneficial to the eye, such as lutein or eyebright.

Bilberry’s ability to stimulate synthesis of connective tissue glycosaminoglycans may be the mechanism underlying its beneficial effects in several pathologies. Its gastroprotective, vasoprotective, and healing properties may all be tied to this action.Billberry extract was able to inhibit vascular endothelial growth factor expression by human keratinocytes in vitro. This suggests that bilberry or its constituents may have a role in cancer prevention or treatment.

Bilberrry was able to attenuate only the acute effect of Triton on triglycerides, suggesting that bilberry improves lipoprotein clearance, but does not affect lipoprotein production. Although bilberry’s effect on triglycerides is similar to that of the fibric acid derivatives (e.g., gemfibrozil, fenofibrate) used therapeutically to treat hypertriglyceridemia, bilberry did not affect thrombus size or composition, suggesting that it does not possess antithrombotic activity, as has been demonstrated with some fibric acid derivatives.

Oxidized low-density lipo-protein (LDL) is known for its ability to stimulate inflammatory processes involved in the formation of atherosclerotic plaques. For this reason, there has been interest in the use of antioxidants such as bilberry to protect against LDL oxidation.

Bilberry jam purportedly improved night vision in Royal Air Force pilots within 24 hours of eating bilberry jam, and at least five European studies showing the beneficial effect of bilberry on night vision were published prior to 1970. A 1997 Israeli study published as an abstract found negative results, as did a more recent study performed in 15 Navy Seals. In this trial, Muth and colleagues studied the effect of bilberry extract (25% anthocyanocides) 160 mg taken three times daily for 3 weeks on night visual acuity and night contrast sensitivity in subjects with visual acuity correctable to at least 20/20.

An independent laboratory verified the composition of the extract used. Eight subjects were given placebo and seven were given the extract in double-blind fashion. After a 30-day washout, the subjects were crossed over the alternate treatment arm. Nighttime visual acuity and contrast sensitivity were measured under lighting conditions simulating full moonlight. These studies showed that bilberry improved night visual acuity, adaptation to darkness, and recovery of visual acuity after glare.

There are currently no reported adverse effects from the consumption of bilberry or related compounds. When the fruit is consumed in amounts normally contained in foods, bilberry falls under the Generally Recognized as Safe category according to the US Food and Drug Administration.

Bilberry have several benefits, but it might not work for everyone, the good news is there are no side effects from consuming the fruit. The leafs is just the opposite since it contains toxins. Bilberry is a good option to improve night vision.

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