by Mary Howard, RN
Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, and Strawberries are all very healthy. Besides containing Vitamin C they also contain Antioxidants. Antioxidants break down harmful molecules in the body that lead to age related illnesses. Among 40 other fruits and vegetables, blueberries are the highest in these Antioxidant properties.
Bilberry is any of several species of low-growing shrubs, bearing edible berries. Bilberries are distinct from blueberries but closely related to them. Bilberries are found in very acidic, nutrient-poor soils throughout the temperate and subarctic regions of the world. The fruit is smaller than that of the blueberry but with a fuller taste. Bilberries are darker in colour, and usually appear near black with a slight shade of purple. Bilberries are extremely difficult to grow and are thus seldom cultivated.
Bilberries are recognized as a good source of flavonoids, some of which have antioxidant activity. Often associated with improvement of night vision.
Cedar berry is obtained from the species of evergreen coniferous tree known Juniperus monosperma. It seems to be help with pancreas and improved insulin use.
The cedar boughs can be steeped into a tea that is somewhat cleansing to the system and contains vitamin C. The same tea concentrated can be used for poultices for rheumatic pains. It is also used for foot-baths and hand-baths.
Juniper berries are a diuretic and were also thought to be an appetite stimulant and a remedy for rheumatism and arthritis.
Currently, the juniper berry is being researched as a possible treatment for diet-controlled diabetes, as it releases insulin from the pancreas.
An essential oil extracted from juniper berries is used in aromatherapy and perfumery
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