Antiinflammatory And Antioedema Activity

Biochemical and histochemical data show that the anthocyanins decrease vascular Bilberry 115

permeability and alter capillary wall dynamics by increasing the endothelium barrier © 2007 Elsevier Australia effect by stabilising membrane phospholipids, and by increasing synthesis of mucopolysaccharides of the connective ground substance and thus restoring the altered pericapillary sheath (Mian et al 1977).

These effects have been demonstrated in animal models for both oral administration and topical application of bilberry anthocyanins (1% alcoholic solution) and seen to be stronger and longer lasting than those of rutin (Lietti et al 1976).

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