WHAT ARE BILBERRY?
Bilberry is known by many other names such as Blueberry, Huckleberry, Whortleberry, Wine berry, Whinberry etc.
Blueberry plant is perennial in nature and grows to a height of 1 – 1.5 feet. The plant bears pink and solitary flowers with a pitcher shaped corolla.
The fruits occur in the form of black colored juicy berries which may contain up to 5 seeds.
Blueberry fruit is rich in "anthocyanoides" which are the main component of these fruits. Besides this, blueberry fruits are also rich in tannins.
WHAT ARE ANTHOCYANINS?
Anthocyanins are blue, red or purple colored pigments which belong to a famous class of molecules known as "Flavonoids".
These pigments are astringent in nature and found in many plant tissues such as leaves, stem, roots, fruits etc.
Anthocyanins impart beautiful coloration to the plant tissues and also act as plant protectors against the harmful sun radiations.
These pigments are known to exhibit strong antioxidant properties as well. Many fresh vegetables and fruits are said to be rich in antioxidants.
OTHER NATURAL FRUITS AND VEGETABLES CONTAINING ANTHOCYANINS
Other sources of anthocyanin pigment include cranberry, blue raspberry, red raspberry, black currant, eggplant, red cabbage, concord grapes etc.
Lesser abundant sources of anthocyanins include, Banana, Asparagus, Pea, Fennel, pear and potato.
WHAT ARE ANTIOXIDANTS?
Antioxidants are substances that provide natural protection to the body against deadly diseases like cancer, heart problems and regular wear and tear in general.
Any food product that has the ability to naturally scavenge free radicals in the body can be considered as a natural source of antioxidants.
Many vitamins and mineral act as good antioxidant sources.
AYURVEDA AND THE CONCEPT OF ANTIOXIDANTS
Ayurveda is an age old system of medicine that believes in the concept of maintaining wholesome health in one and all.
Ayurveda always preaches about the benefits of maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. Antioxidants are substances that help restore youth and longevity. Thus, we can correlate the concept of Ayurveda for holistic health with the use of antioxidants in supporting health and wellbeing.
ARE NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS EFFECTIVE AS ANTIOXIDANTS?
Natural supplements come in a huge variety. There are many big and small manufacturing units venturing into the production and supply of these supplements on an international level.
Although, each company claims to supply the best in quality products, the customers are advised to do a thorough survey of the products available in the market and review their efficacy depending up on the benefits reaped by its users in the past before buying any of them for use.
It is also important to note that supplements may contain certain ingredients which can incite an allergic reaction in some people. Therefore, it is always wiser to go through the list of ingredients contained in these dietary supplements so that you can choose the best product as per your requirement.