Airelle Bleue, Airelle des Marais, Airelle des Marécages, Airelle Noire, Arándano Negro, Embrune, Fausse Myrtille, Moosbeere, Myrtille de Marais, Orcette, Vaccinium gaultherioides, Vaccinium occidentale, Vaccinium uliginosum, Western-Huckleberry.


Overview Information

Bog bilberry is a plant. The dried or ripe fruit is used to make medicine. Be careful not to confuse bog bilberry with bilberry or blueberry.

People take bog bilberry tea for eye strain, diarrhea, bladder problems, and swelling (inflammation) of the lining of the stomach and the intestines, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work?

Bog bilberry contains chemicals that might help reduce swelling and kill cancer cells.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Eye strain (asthenopia). Early research suggests that taking bog bilberry fruit extract might reduce eye strain by a small amount in people who are using a tablet computer.
  • Swelling of the lining of the stomach and intestines.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Bladder problems.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of bog bilberry for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: The fresh fruit of bog bilberry is POSSIBLY SAFE when eaten as food. However, fresh bog bilberry fruit might be UNSAFE if people eat large amounts of fruit that is contaminated with fungus. The fungus that sometimes grows on bog bilberry fruit can be poisonous in large amounts. Signs of poisoning include vomiting, mental changes, weakness, changes in vision, and other symptoms.

There isn't enough information to know whether bog bilberry is safe to use in medicinal amounts or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It might be UNSAFE to take bog bilberry in large amounts if it is contaminated with fungus. Avoid use.



We currently have no information for BOG BILBERRY Interactions.



The appropriate dose of bog bilberry depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for bog bilberry. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


  • Liu J, Zhang W, Jing H, Popovich DG. Bog bilberry (Vaccinium uliginosum L.) extract reduces cultured Hep-G2, Caco-2, and 3T3-L1 cell viability, affects cell cycle progression, and has variable effects on membrane permeability. J Food Sci. 2010;75(3):H103-7. View abstract.
  • Park CY, Gu N, Lim CY, et al. The effect of Vaccinium uliginosum extract on tablet computer-induced asthenopia: randomized placebo-controlled study. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2016;16:296. View abstract.
  • Zu XY, Zhang ZY, Zhang XW, Yoshioka M, Yang YN, Li J. Anthocyanins extracted from Chinese blueberry (Vaccinium uliginosum L.) and its anticancer effects on DLD-1 and COLO205 cells. Chin Med J (Engl). 2010;123(19):2714-9. View abstract.

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