By Cathy Schram

Are There Herbs For Night Vision & Burping?

Q: I have noticed lately that I seem to be having trouble seeing while driving at night. Are there any supplements that can improve my vision?

A: Actually, there is an herb that has been studied and has been shown that it does have many benefits for vision health. It is called “Bilberry”. This wonderful herb has been found to help eye strain or just tired eyes. Computer workers, those who read a lot and night drivers have been shown to benefit from bilberry. It is also effective in reducing sensitivity to light, or day blindness.
Back to your question regarding night vision. Here’s a fun fact; during WW II, pilots discovered that whenever they ate bilberry jam before flying a mission, they experienced improved night vision and visual acuity. This is how it works; bilberry contains flavonoids called anthocyanidins, which are very powerful antioxidants. They help to prevent collagen damage and reduce capillary fragility. They also provide anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Also, the retinal rod of the eyes contain rhodospin (visual purple). These levels are often reduced due to eye strain, adjusting to the dark and even aging. This leads to poor vision. But, the anthocyanosides in bilberry can actually increase rhodospin production. This herb needs to be taken over time for best results.

Q: My ten year old has a problem with belching. What can I do to help eliminate this problem for him?

A: More than likely, he is not digesting his food properly. I would suggest an enzyme called papain. You will find this in Papaya Fruit. It comes in a chewable form which tastes great, so your child will not mind taking the enzyme. Papain helps break down proteins so that you may digest them without causing gas, bloating or belching. If you add peppermint to papaya, it stimulates hydrochloric acid production, also aiding in the digestion of proteins. Peppermint is very soothing to the digestive system. You can find products called Papaya Mint which contains both.

This herb information is for health education purposes only. It is not intended to replace the services of licensed health practitioners. Consult with a physician for any condition that requires professional care.

Do you have questions about herbs or vitamins? Send them to Cathy Schram, CNHP and Certified Herbalist. Write to: Herbs & More, 16021 Manchester Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011.