What Are the Benefits of Bilberry Tea?

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What Are the Benefits of Bilberry Tea?
Bilberry tea may help improve your health. (blue cup and tea from a blue teapot image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com)

Bilberry tea, made from the leaves and the fruits of the bilberry plant, is known to have many health benefits. In most cases, the effects of bilberry have not be studied by the medical community though herbalists and folk medicine practitioners have been touting its usefulness for many years. Some popular uses of bilberry are for treating vision problems, heart conditions, diabetes, circulatory conditions and diarrhoea.

Vision Problems

According to TeaBenefits.com, people suffering from vision problems including macular degeneration drink bilberry tea to help alleviate symptoms. Laboratory research has shown the bilberry has the ability to strengthen the walls of blood vessels in the eye. It is also believed that bilberry has benefits for the retina. Chinese-herbs.org suggests using bilberry to treat cataracts, retinopathy and to improve night vision.

Heart Conditions

Herbalists believe drinking bilberry tea may be beneficial to the heart, according to chinese-herbs.org. Atherosclerosis, or an excess of bad cholesterol, can lead to a heart attack. Bilberry contains potent amounts of oxidation which may help reduce cholesterol and improve heart health.


Bilberry tea is also known to have some benefits for diabetics, according to both chinese-herbs.org and TeaBenefits.com. Regularly drinking the tea helps reduce blood sugar for diabetics. Bilberry leaves contain active compounds known to affects on the blood sugar, though it still needs to be studied medically, according to chinese-herbs.org.

Circulatory Conditions

Bilberry contains anthocyanidin, a flavanoid that helps strengthen capillaries and circulation throughout the body, according to NutraSaunus. These qualities may help reduce the appearance of varicose veins. Bilberry benefits the vascular system through strengthening blood vessels and capillaries as well reducing symptoms like leg pain and swelling.


One of the most common uses for bilberry tea is as a diarrhoea treatment according to the chinese-herbs.org. Though the effects on diarrhoea have not been formally studied, herbalists know bilberry fruit effectively reduces inflammation. For those afflicted with diarrhoea, bilberry tea may help reduce intestinal inflammation.

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