Did you know…that doctors are prescribing 1 or 2 tablespoons of frozen lingonberries a day to help with diabetes, blood pressure challenges, and inflammatory conditions?
Chances are you haven’t heard of the humble lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea). This semi-sour berry is not as popular as its cousins the cranberry, blueberry, or the raspberry. But the lingonberry is just as berrylicious and far more concentrated in nutrients.
Studies show that the benefits of lingonberries help stave off infectious illnesses and alleviate the symptoms and causes of chronic health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
For decades, Native Americans have treated diabetes and heart disease with handfuls of lingonberries…and now, finally, Western medicine is taking notice.
Powerful Antioxidant Protection
Lingonberries are packed with antioxidant power in the form of plant chemicals called polyphenols. One particular kind of polyphenol—called flavonoids—is what gives berries their bright colors of red, purple, black, and blue. Flavonoids impart a wide variety of health benefits.
Now, researchers have discovered that lingonberries contain more polyphenol flavonoids than any other type of berry! The benefits of lingonberries not only fortify your body with antioxidants, they also help your body replace depleted antioxidants such as glutathione. Glutathione is known as the “Master Antioxidant” because it fights off virtually every illness.
Lingonberries Heal the #1 Cause of All Disease
Health professionals agree that inflammation is the root cause of nearly all disease, including Alzheimer’s…cancer…heart disease…arthritis…and other degenerative health problems. The antioxidants in lingonberries reduce damage from inflammation and decrease inflammatory molecules throughout your body.
Impressive research in Finland showed recently that among berries tested, only the lingonberry significantly reduced levels of a dangerous inflammatory compound called monocyte chemoattractant protein 1 (MCP1). And University of Helsinki researchers found that lingonberry juice protects the inner linings of blood vessels, which can reduce your risk of heart disease.
The Finnish researchers concluded that: “Lingonberry juice appears to be the most effective of the tested juices as it also improved endothelial vasodilation.”
Lingonberries Keep Blood Sugar Levels in Check
High blood sugar can lead to serious illnesses, such as kidney and eye disease, circulation problems, skin sores…even amputation! That’s why it’s imperative to keep blood sugar levels stable.
One of the benefits of lingonberries is that it can protect against some of the destructive effects of high blood sugar. In a 2010 Canadian study, lingonberries reduced the effects of a dangerous blood sugar byproduct called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Benefits such as this can be lifesaving for diabetics.
Adding Lingonberries to Your Diet
Smaller than a cranberry with a bright red hue, lingonberries taste tart and tangy. You can purchase lingonberry juice from health food stores. Lingonberries can also be purchased in powdered form online.
One of the most delicious and doctor-recommended ways to incorporate the benefits of lingonberries into your diet is to add 1 to 2 tablespoons of frozen lingonberries to yogurt or blend them up in a delicious smoothie with some of your other favorite fruits.
Drink to your health, this antioxidant-rich smoothie will get right to work protecting your tissues, cells, and blood vessels, wiping out inflammation along the way!