Healthy Foods: Lingonberry – the new superfood on the block

You’ve heard me go on and on about the health benefits of berries, but there’s a new one on the North American market that you might not have heard of before.
Lingonberries have a very high concentration of plant polyphenols, which means that they can give us a tremendous amount of nutrition and health benefits.
Familiar in many parts of the world, including Newfoundland, Canada, and Scandinavia, the lingonberry is pretty new to the US. A relative of the blueberry, cranberry, and bilberry, lingonberry goes by many names, including:
• cowberry
• foxberry
• partridgeberry
• csejka berry
• quailberry
• beaverberry
• bearberry
• lowbush cranberry
• cougarberry
• mountain cranberry
• red whortleberry
• redberry
Whatever you call these ruby-colored orbs, research is revealing just how wonderful the nutritional profile of the lingonberry is. Animal studies with lingonberries show that these berries have the ability to reduce inflammation in the body, they can keep oxidants from killing healthy tissue and they can also help our bodies replace antioxidants.
Other health benefits of lingonberries found in animal studies include:
• increasing red blood cells
• destroying Staphylococcus bacteria
• increasing liver enzymes required for antioxidants to do their job
It’s believed lingonberries can do the above in humans, as well as aid in symptoms of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and they can also lower high blood sugar.
You might be able to find lingonberry juice and other lingonberry products in your local IKEA. You can also often find frozen or powdered lingonberries online and in well-stocked health food stores.
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