Ample Health Benefits of Eating Lingonberry
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Ample Health Benefits of Eating Lingonberry

Lingonberries are rich source of fibers, sugar, vitamin A, vitamin C and magnesium. Lingonberries also consist of large amount of flavonoids and lignans. Lignans and flavonoids are believed to be anti-cancer. Lingonberries are also rich in benzoic acid, thus, they are often used as antimicrobial agents in food preparations.


Lingonberries or "vaccinium vitis-idaea", are red tangy berries that flock the wild shrubs of Scandinavia and form an indispensable part of Nordic cuisine. These little-known distant cousins of cranberry fruit are much smaller and juicier than their other berry counterparts and are a potent source of preservatives and pectins.

Lingonberry is the most important of all forest berries in Finland. Lingonberries are used in different kinds of jams, jellies, juices, pasties, pie and porridges.

Popularly known for their lovely appearance and bright color, these luscious berries have a bitter taste and are best enjoyed as sweetened jams. Also popular as cowberry, rock cranberry, foxberry and even whimberry, lingonberries come packed with ample nutritive and therapeutic benefits.

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Lingonberries are potent carriers of essential vitamins, minerals, acids and are treated as an antizyme.* They are known to benefit anyone suffering from high blood pressure, poor digestion, delicate metabolism and infections.

Lingonberries are rich source of fibers, sugar, vitamin A, vitamin C and magnesium. Lingonberries also consist of large amount of flavonoids and lignans. Lignans and flavonoids are believed to be anti-cancer. Lingonberries are also rich in benzoic acid, thus, they are often used as antimicrobal agents in food preparations.

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Health Benefits of Eating Lingonberry

? Lingonberry, affectionately referred as the ‘Queen of Berries’ has a nice refreshing taste and is known to boost up the appetite. This wild berry comes packed with a flock of health and nutritive benefits.

? Lingonberry is highly esteemed in the medicinal world for its diverse spectrum of therapeutic accomplishes. Lingonberry serves both as a diuretic and choleretic* and is known to strengthen capillary tube too. The berries are treated as carditonic* and hypotensive* too.

? The pearly red lingonberries are supposedly one of the richest sources of polyphenols. Lingonberries contain berry biocomplex that is believed to have an anti-sclerotic effect. They are also believed to be a rich source of copper, an essential mineral that helps in treating pancreatic diabetes.

? Lingonberry is a popular cure for liver ailments, gastritis, hypertony and gastric ulcer. Its capacity to regulate salt metabolism makes it an effective remedy for treating diseases like renal lithiasis, uratic arthritis and rheumatism. Lingonberry also has antiseptic properties and can be used as an astringent too.

? Lingonberry contains tannins that help to boost the blood vessel walls, resolve mineral metabolism and neutralize toxins, thereby improving digestion and toning up the body.

? Lingonberries are tagged as excellent cure for urinary tract infections. These pearly red, ripe berries are found to contain short-chained proanthocyans that is believed to keep away the infection causing bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall. Lingonberry juice when taken along with cranberry juice regularly is likely to reduce the risk of urinary tract infection in women by forty percent.

Scientists from Finland recruited 150 women with urinary tract infection caused by Escherichia coli and they served them with 50 ml of cranberry-lingonberry juice concentrate daily for six months or 100 ml of lactobacillus drink five days a week for one year, or no intervention. They found a 20% reduction in absolute risk in the cranberry-lingonberry group compared with the control group.

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? These small berries are believed to be excellent source of vitamin A, B and C and are replete with other essential nutrients like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium. Because of their rich nutritional value, lingonberries are believed to favor both blood and bone health.

? These humble berries are also rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Lingonberries are also found to be a potent source of essential fatty acids and are highly esteemed because of their anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Regular consumption of lingonberries keeps the free radicals from spreading in the body.

? Lingonberries, just like their better-known cranberry cousins, are a storehouse of flavonoids, especially quercetin. Apart from having anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, quercetin has antihistamine properties that help to alleviate allergy symptoms.

? Like most other berries, lingonberries are known to boost the levels of good cholesterol, improve blood pressure. They are thereby held as a productive source of heart health.


Caution: People suffering from allergy or hypersensitivity to lingonberry should refrain from eating it. Lingonberry has antigonadotropic* properties that may not be the best bet for men, when planning of conceiving a child.

• Antizyme inhibitor (AzI) regulates cellular polyamine homeostasis by binding to the polyamine-induced protein, Antizyme (Az), with greater affinity than ornithine decarboxylase (ODC). AzI is highly homologous to ODC but is not enzymatically active.

• Choleretic - a substance that stimulates the liver to produce bile.

• Cardiotonic - pertaining to a substance that tends to increase the efficiency of contractions of the heart muscle.

• Hypotensive - pertaining to abnormally low blood pressure.

• Lithiasis - a condition marked by formation of CALCULI and concretions.

• Antigonadotropic - tending to inhibit the physiological activity of gonadotropic hormones.


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Comments (7)

Brilliant article, really well written and i love the glossary at the end, as i was thinking, what does Lithiasis mean :D Great work x

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Thanks Norma, much appreciated.

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Just revisiting, thanks everyone for the read.

Thanks for sharing this Ron.

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Thanks Martin.

Nice! I'll have to buy some jam with lingonberries, because they're not commonly found in the United States (at least not where I live). Great information! I appreciate the health benefits of berries.

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Just revisited for review, thanks all for the kind read and comments.