Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) has been known as a medicinal plant for centuries and is grown in Northern Europe. In Estonia, bilberries grow widely in the wild and are well known. Good availability and good taste, which appeals especially to children, in no way diminish its value as a superfood.
Bilberries contain many antioxidants such as vitamin C, selenium, etc., which remove harmful free radicals. Anthocyanidins, which are also important antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, make bilberries special and give them their color.
Bilberry is generally considered to be generally tonic. Due to the abundance of antioxidants, it is recommended to use bilberries to strengthen the immune system even before a cold. The use of bilberries for colds has been known for centuries. Bilberry tea has been popularly used for colds and bilberry soup for upset stomach or diarrhea.
Bilberries have been scientifically found to help reduce the decline in mental abilities associated with aging. Much is said about the benefits of bilberries for the eyes, which is related to the zinc content.
Bilberries contain a relatively high amount of minerals.