Bilberry + grapeskin 120 capsules - Swedish bilberry, OPC, resveratrol, pycnogenol | Jarrow Formulas

Bilberry + grapeskin 120 capsules - Swedish bilberry, OPC, resveratrol, pycnogenol | Jarrow Formulas

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Jarrow Formulas Bilberry with a Swedish bilberry extract supports the blood flow to the eye, supplying oxygen with fresh blood to the eyes should have a benefical impact on the eyes.

Bilberry + Grapeskin Polyphenols is a synergistic blend of standardized flavonoid antioxidants. Swedish bilberries (100:1 extract) contain 25% polyphenols as anthocyanosides. Red Grapeskin extract contains 30% polyphenols including 4% anthocyanins. These flavonoids support and protect vision by enhancing antioxidant status in the eye and reducing capillary permeability and fragility.

who can benefit from Bilberry?
Bilberry+Grapeskin polyphenols is perfect for people seeking support for their eyes and night vision.

key benefits
• protects the macula
• supports healthy vision

background reading
The bilberry is a close relative of the American blueberry. It grows in Northern Europe, Canada, and parts of the Northern United States, where the berries are known as huckleberries. There are over 100 species with similar names and fruit. The English call bilberries whortleberries. The Scots know them as blaeberries. Now the goodness of these famous berries is available in Jarrow Formulas Bilberry + Grapeskin Polyphenols.

The bilberry has many historical or traditional uses based upon both the dried berries and the leaves. Used as a medicinal herb since the 16th century, modern interest in the bilberry is partly based on the fruit’s use by British pilots during the Second World War. These pilots noticed that their night vision improved when they ate bilberry jam prior to night bombing raids.
In the intervening years, scientists discovered that anthocyanosides, the bioflavonoid complex in bilberries, are potent antioxidants. Many of the traditionally suggested uses of bilberry no doubt reflect the antioxidant and vitamin C-sparing properties of the berry.
However, the astringent qualities of both the dried bilberry fruit and bilberry tea may also provide some benefits, and help to explain the use of these in folk medicine to soothe the gastrointestinal tract.
In Europe, bilberry extracts are accepted conventionally as a normal part of nutritional health care for the eyes. To complement the bilberry extract, Jarrow Formulas has added another polyphenol antioxidant, 200 mg of red grapeskin extract (from Vitis vinifera grapes). Grapeskin extract provides flavonoids that are complementary in structure and nutritional functions to bilberry polyphenols.

Food for the eyes
Much of the modern research on bilberry extract has focused upon the benefits to the eyes. Bilberry anthocyanosides provide three primary benefits to these organs.
First, these highly colored plant pigments nourish the retina. Night vision depends on the retina’s ability to constantly regenerate visual purple (rhodopsin), and anthocyanosides serve as “building blocks” for this important substance. Tests have confirmed these benefits. When subjects with normal vision supplemented with bilberry extract, it was found that the acuity of their nighttime vision improved, as did the speed at which they adjusted to darkness and the rate at which they recovered from blinding glare. After reviewing the literature, some authors have suggested that bilberry extract helps with distance vision as well.

The benefits of bilberry anthocyanosides extend beyond the regeneration of visual purple. The eye depends upon high relative blood flow and is exposed to large amounts of oxygen. Such factors mean that the eye is extremely vulnerable to problems arising from capillary fragility and that prevention of damage by free radicals plays a major role in maintaining eye health. Bilberry helps to maintain integrity of the collagen integral to the support structure of the capillaries.

Similarly, age-related vision problems appear to be influenced by the rate of generation of free radicals. In laboratory trials, changing the diets from commercial laboratory chow to “well-defined” diets rich in flavonoids has been shown to be beneficial. Interesting results have been found with human trials in which bilberry extract was supplemented, either alone or in combination with vitamin E.

Circulatory protection
Next to the ocular system, the physiologic system which benefits most from bilberry extract is the circulatory system. Bilberry anthocyanosides cross-link to collagen fibers, and thereby reinforce the naturally cross-linked matrix of these fibers found in the walls of blood vessels as well as in cartilage and tendon.

Bilberry anthocyanosides posses strong “vitamin P” characteristics. The “P” stands for the permeability of capillaries and how flavonoids strengthen microvessels against excessive permeability.
When taken as a supplement, these anthocyanosides have been shown to improve microcapillary circulation and be helpful to veins. Hence, one of the same mechanisms which safeguards the health of the capillaries which feed the eyes also safeguards the health of the circulatory system more generally. These plant compounds stabilize the membranes of the connective tissues which surround the blood vessels.
Some research further suggests that anthocyanosides may increase the rate of biosynthesis of connective tissue ground substance.

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Set point and holiday weight gain

At the time of writing this article the first week of advent has almost finished. In this week most people will have started decorating their homes for the holiday season that is upon us.
Though for most this period may not be as festive as it normally is, since it is not allowed to organize large gatherings because of COVID-19, we can still try to make the most of it and indulge in the small pleasures of life. 
 
Quite a lot of people that are trying to become fit and trim worry about the holiday season and what damage it will do to their progress: how can they avoid weight gain during those days? 
We can reassure the worryworts: you will be fine to indulge on those special days. With emphasis on 'special' days as nothing spectacular will happen when you eat normal on the other days. The bigger problem is when you spread out those days over an extended period of say two to three weeks. 
 
But even with a longer period of dietary negligence, most people notice it is surprisingly easy to get rid of the extra holiday weight, due to a wonderful (and scary) phenomenon called 'set point'. 
 

Tips and tricks to keep your house cool without airconditioning

After having survived the hottest two weeks of the past century, and hearing about the deliberate choice to switch of the power in some areas of California as it became impossible to match the demand for electricity, due to the massive use of airconditioning, this week's topic had to be about how to keep your house and yourself cool without needing to rely on energy-guzzling airconditioning.

How to make better food and lifestyle choices 

Ever since Boris Johnson barely survived an infection with COVID-19, he embraced a healthier lifestyle. He doesn't just want to live healthier himself, but also wants the British people to eat and live healthier as well. 
The question is, how? Over time, manufacturers of junkfood have mastered the game of tricking us into buying calorific foods while these foods are also attractive because we have evolved to enjoy that kind of foods. 
 
Aside from financial incentives to make us buy less junkfood (sugar tax) and more healthy foods (by lowering VAT) the best bet seems to be a mix of methods that 'nudge' us into making better choices.
 
There have been countless behavioural science-based initiatives intended to nudge healthier eating. But which ones actually work, leading to a sustained behaviour change? And of those, which are most effective? What concepts, tools and styles of intervention are best at getting us to eat healthy foods, or less of the unhealthy foods...?

Particulate matter and your health

As the Dutch government decided to move away from natural fossilized energy sources, we are moving towards solar and wind energy.
Because solar and wind energy cannot provide all energy and a decision to also move away from natural gas, biomass plants seemed to be the perfect solution.

Biomass is plant or animal material used for energy production (electricity or heat). It can be purposely grown energy crops, wood or forest residues, waste from food crops (wheat straw), horticulture (yard waste), food processing (corn cobs), animal farming (manure, rich in nitrogen and phosphorus), or human waste from sewage plants.

Burning plant-derived biomass releases CO2, but it has still been classified as a renewable energy source in the EU and UN legal frameworks because photosynthesis cycles the CO2 back into new crops. In some cases, this recycling of CO2 from plants to atmosphere and back into plants can even be CO2 negative, as a relatively large portion of the CO2 is moved to the soil during each cycle.

However, over the past few months it has become clear how a lot of biomass comes from trees, that were previously pristine forests in the USA or the Baltics.
While in the best case, the use of biomass could even be CO2 negative, burning biomass will result in excessive CO2 output locally as well as of particulate matter.
This is why almost overnight, due to negative public opinion, politicians changed their mind. Too late though, there are already few hundred biomass plants that are being constructed due to substantial subsidies that were handed out, so we can expect a substantial worsening of air quality in the upcoming decade(s) because of the increased amount of particulate matter.

Zinc and HCQ

In the past few months, nearly everyone will have become familiar with the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and how it has been welcomed as a miracle drug, only to be set aside as being too dangerous to expose sick patients with underlying cardiovascular diseases to it.

Upon learning how HCQ is supposed to be used in this crisis, I was flabbergasted to read how HCQ was put to use by itself, as a drug on its own. True enough, HCQ is a malaria drug, but it was not just meant to be used as a curative medicin on its own for COVID-19 but as a messenger to transport the true miracle mineral, zinc into cells.
The now famous Zelenko protocol which uses HCQ , azithromycin and zinc as well as a number of other essential vitamins and minerals, was never meant to be used in hospital either, but for use by doctors on patients who had just fallen ill.

Now the researchers who discredited HCQ in the Lancet article have been debunked as having used fraudulous data in order to promote a much more expensive drug in which one of the authors had a vested interested, we think it is about time to explain a thing or two on why and how HCQ is used in combination with zinc.

Leptin, leptin resistance and SIRT1

After demand for resveratrol and pterostilbene went up considerably, due to a remark on tv by a doctor about its' effect on leptin and cardiovascular function, we got a lot of requests to explain how leptin works. 

Currently, a major topic in the field of obesity research is the link between obesity and the hormone leptin. Some evidence suggests that obese-prone individuals don’t respond to increasing leptin levels in the same way that non-obese-prone individuals do, which is the reason obesity is now being associated with possible “leptin resistance.” Scientists first discovered leptin in 1994, after years of research focused on hormones that affect body weight and calorie intake. While initially researchers believed the discovery could be used to create powerful weight loss supplements, this has never happened.

How does leptin function in the body and where does the hormone come from? Leptin interacts with areas of the brain that control hunger and eating behavior. The nickname “the starvation hormone” has been given to leptin because levels tend to plummet when someone restricts their calorie intake too much, exercises more and loses body fat. These are all factors involved in what’s called “starvation mode.”
Meanwhile, ghrelin is called a “hunger hormone” that increases your desire to eat.

At your ideal “set point weight,” fat cells produce a given amount of leptin, which maintains the internal energy balance needed for necessary cellular function and proper weight management. In most healthy adults, changes in body weight will trigger changes in leptin, causing appetite to either increase when body fat falls or decrease when body fat rises — although in some susceptible individuals this energy-balance system seems to malfunction.

There’s still a lot to learn about how leptin resistance or decreased sensitivity to leptin’s signals develops, and what can be done to prevent or reverse it. Many experts believe that eating a highly processed diet — especially while also leading a stressful and mostly sedentary lifestyle — is the perfect storm for developing leptin resistance.

Even if someone is genetically susceptible to weight gain or obesity, there’s still a lot they can do to help prevent this from happening, especially eating a nutrient-dense diet, getting enough exercise and taking steps to manage stress.

What causes night blindness?

People with night blindness experience poor vision at night or in dimly lit environments, for which the medical term nyctalopia is used.

Although the term “night blindness” implies that you can’t see at night, this isn’t the case. You may just have more difficulty seeing or driving in darkness.

Some types of night blindness are treatable while other types aren’t. Once you know the cause of the problem, you can take steps to correct your vision.

How to prevent or treat varicose veins with natural remedies?

Sometimes it seems like varicose veins come out of nowhere when you’re least expecting it. Most people over the age of 60 have some degree, and usually they’re not a big deal. But they could be, it depends on the general health of your veins.

Valves in your veins are supposed to work harmoniously to move blood in one direction, to the heart!
If your heart is weak, or your valves stop working, or your veins lose collagen and become weakened, then the blood stays in your legs and feet longer than it should. It pools faster if you’re standing for a long time or if you’re sitting for a long time like during a long plane flight. The pressure inside your veins makes them wider and after a while, micro amounts of blood leak out into the surrounding tissue.
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Usefulness of herbal medicine in modern times

Natural plant products have been used throughout human history for various purposes. In fact, written records of the use of herbal medicine date back more than 5000 years, and for much of history, herbal medicine was the only medicine.

Today, plants are being used to treat a number of health concerns and conditions, including allergies, arthritis, migraines, fatigue, skin infections, wounds, burns, gastrointestinal issues and even cancer, proving that it’s true that food is medicine. These herbs are less expensive and they’re a safer means of treatment than conventional medications, which is why so many people are choosing to go back to this traditional idea of medicine.

What are free radicals?

The body is under constant attack from oxidative stress. Oxygen in the body splits into single atoms with unpaired electrons. Electrons like to be in pairs, so these atoms, called free radicals, scavenge the body to seek out other electrons so they can become a pair. This causes damage to cells, proteins and DNA.

Free radicals are associated with human disease, including cancer, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and many others. They also may have a link to aging, which has been defined as a gradual accumulation of free-radical damage.

Substances that generate free radicals can be found in the food we eat, the medicines we take, the air we breathe and the water we drink. These substances include fried foods, alcohol, tobacco smoke, pesticides and air pollutants.

Free radicals are the natural byproducts of chemical processes, such as metabolism. Free radicals can be seen as as waste products from various chemical reactions in the cell that when built up, harm the cells of the body.

Yet, free radicals are essential to life. The body's ability to turn air and food into chemical energy depends on a chain reaction of free radicals. Free radicals are also a crucial part of the immune system, floating through the veins and attacking foreign invaders.

LASIK eye surgery, is it safe?

In the past decade, LASIK eye surgery has boomed in popularity. It is easy to understand why: instead of wearing contacts or glasses, after surgery your eyes are corrected to result into (almost) perfect vision. However, sometimes we also hear horror stories: late 2016 Dutch television showed a program in which a house physician laments he's suffering from horrible neuralgic pains after having undergone laser surgery. Experts claim this is an extremely rare side effect from a specific type of LASIK surgery that nobody needs to worry about.

What to wear: a pair of glasses or contacts?!

A short while ago, yours truly went back to wearing eye glasses after having worn contacts for over 30 years. My eyes had 'run dry' and as a result an inflammation snuck in, causing an inability to wear (hard) contacts. Despite having worn glasses as a kid and young adult, it took me longer to adapt to them than expected. This has much to do with the fact I now need two pairs of glasses: one for reading and another one for further away. With two pairs it seems as if you are always wearing the wrong pair and.. where did I put them down again?

recommended use
take 1 capsule with a meal once or twice a day or as advised by a qualified physician 

each daily minimum intake contains (1 capsule)
Grapeskin 30% extract  (Vitis vinifera) 200 mg†
Bilberry 100:1 extract (Vaccinium myrtillus) 80 mg†

RDI = Recommended Daily Intake
† = RDI not established

ingredients
active ingredients (grapeskin extract, Swedish bilberry extract) , filler (maltodextrin, cellulose, vegetable magnesium stearate), anticoagulant (silicon dioxide), vegetarian capsule (hydroxypropylmethylcellulose)

storage
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allergy information
this product contains no familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)

vegetarians/vegans
suitable for vegetarians and vegans

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