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4 amazing health benefits of bearberry

It is great for boosting immunity.

Bearberry is an edible fruit that has been used in traditional healing methods since ancient times. Easily available in various health food stores this fruit has a gamut of health benefits due to its amazing chemical makeup that includes, ursolic, gallic acid, tannic and various flavonoids. It can be used in various forms such as tea, ground powder, decoction or topical ointment. Here are a few health benefits it is very well known for:

Immunity: Hydroquinones present in bearberries are powerful antibacterial chemical compounds that help in keeping the various systems in your body intact. It also helps eliminate harmful agents from your body. It can help protect your gut, digestive system, skin and many other parts and systems of your body and acts as a great defense against bacteria.

Detoxification: It is a natural diuretic and helps release toxins from your body. It helps to cleanse the bladder and kidneys by eliminating excessive body salts, water, fats and toxic materials from your body.

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Pregnancy: According to studies some active components of bearberries have been claimed to prevent miscarriages, and ensures a better overall health of both mother and child during pregnancy. Even post pregnancy bearberries have been known to help the mother recover quickly.

Pain relief: Ointment and salve made using bearberries have been used to relieve pain and inflammation effectively. Topical application of salve made by bearberries are can be applied to burns, bruises, wounds, etc. The natural ingredient present in bearberries help speed the healing process under the skin, reduces pain and soothes inflammation.

This fruit is immensely rich in antioxidants. However, one must always consult a doctor before making it a vital part of the diet es[pecially during pregnancy.

References:

Carpenter, R., O grady, M. N., O callaghan, Y. C., O brien, N. M., & Kerry, J. P. (2007). Evaluation of the antioxidant potential of grape seed and bearberry extracts in raw and cooked pork. Meat science, 76(4), 604-610.

Leverett, J. C., & Dornoff, J. M. (1999). U.S. Patent No. 5,980,904. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Dykes, G. A., Amarowicz, R., & Pegg, R. B. (2003). Enhancement of nisin antibacterial activity by a bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) leaf extract. Food microbiology, 20(2), 211-216.

Remphrey, W. R., Steeves, T. A., & Neal, B. R. (1983). The morphology and growth of Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (bearberry): an architectural analysis. Canadian Journal of Botany, 61(9), 2430-2450.

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