Bilberry: Infection Or Treatment Of Typhoid Fever?

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Historic use:
Bilberry has been use since the 16th century and it was used to treat diarrhea, kidney stones to typhoid fever. Typhoid fever is an infection/illness caused by Salmonella Typhi. Bilberry was first used during the World War II. The first person to eat bilberry for the first time was a British Air Forces who was a pilot and took bilberry to help him with his night vision.
Bilberry is a plant used to treat eyesight problems such as cataracts, myopia, glaucoma and problems with the retina. Bilberry is also used to treat conditions from the heart and blood vessels, for example chest pain and artherosclerosis. This plant is also known to be used to treat osteoarthritis, skin infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs) and kidney disease.
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Tannins are chemicals that help treat symptoms such as diarrhea, throat irritation and can help to lower down high glucose levels and cholesterol levels. Flavanoids chemicals help individuals with diabetes to improve their blood circulation, preventing further complications with retinopathy from the eye previously mentioned. There are some more possible effects using bilberry, for example it has been shown that bilberry can be used to treat circulation problems, using bilberry for 30 days reduces the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency. Some studies said that a chemical on bilberry called anthocyanoside can improve problems with…show more content…
Excess intakes of bilberry can cause toxicity and some poisonous interactions. Bilberry plant can contain hydroquinone which is a pesticide that can be found on some plants. Tannins which are a yellowish or brownish bitter-tasting organic substance present in plant tissues can cause toxicity and develop symptoms such as diarrhea, tremors, weight loss, spasm and death. Some individuals may take chromium supplements with bilberry at the same time; this combination can lead to chromium poisoning. The recommendation is not to eat this plant/herb in high dosages if taking chromium supplements.
Interaction issues:
Bilberry can also interact with some medications. Bilberry can interact with medications that are used to treat diabetes. Bilberry can lower down glucose levels on the body, if taking diabetes meds and bilberry at the same time, glucose levels may drop even more. Besides medications there are also some herbs that can lower glucose levels, such as garlic, ginseng, Siberian ginseng, panax, guar gum and some others. Bilberry can also interact with blood-thinning medications. Anthocyanosides found in bilberries can affect blood clotting and should be avoided if taking blood-thinning meds. It’s not proved that the use of bilberry during pregnancy is safe. The recommendation will be not consume bilberry if pregnancy is present or if moms are breastfeeding. It is also recommended to
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