Lingonberries are red berries that have a taste similar to cranberries minus the tartness. They are grown on small evergreen shrubs that are native to the Scandinavian region in Europe. This small red berry is known by many other names including partridge berry, bearberry, redberry, cowberry, and Alaskan lowbush cranberry.
They have long been considered a “superfruit” because of their potential health benefits and high nutritional value. Its health benefits include helping one with weight control and improving heart health.
What are the other great health benefits that you can get from eating lingonberries? Continue reading to find out.
Lingonberries Have Plenty of Antioxidants
Their high amount of antioxidants and other plant compounds are the most notable nutritional qualities of lingonberries. Just a ¾ cup serving of lingonberries is already enough to provide a person with 139% of the RDI (Reference Daily Intake) of manganese. Manganese is one of superoxide dismutase – one of the major antioxidant enzymes of the human body.
Furthermore, a serving of lingonberries can provide you with 10% to 12% of your RDIs (Recommended Dietary intake) for vitamins E and C respectively. Both of these vitamins also function as antioxidants.
Just like with many other berries, lingonberries are packed with plant compounds such as flavonoids and anthocyanins. As a matter of fact, this fruit’s red colors are a result of anthocyanins, which are said to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
This fruit can also provide you with some quercetin, a flavonoid that functions as both as an anti-inflammatory agent and anti-oxidant. This can help reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and other conditions.
Can Promote Healthy Stomach Bacteria
Gut microbia – also known as the bacteria in your digestive tract – may play a key role as far as your health is concerned. The food that you eat has a pretty significant impact on your gut microbia’s makeup.
Studies conducted on animals suggest that consuming lingonberries could potentially trigger some changes in your gut bacteria. This may help keep you safe from low-grade inflammations. In the study, mice were fed a high fat diet consisting mainly of lingonberries for a period of 11 weeks. The results showed that this diet increased Akkermansia muciniphilia numbers and prevented low-grade inflammation. Akkermansia muciniphilia is the bacteria that helps keep your tummy healthy.
Chronic inflammation plays a significant role in many different conditions, including type-2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver, and dementia.
Improves Better Blood Sugar Levels
Lingonberries as well as lingonberry extracts may help promote healthier blood sugar levels according to test-tube and animal studies. These findings are also being supported by preliminary human studies.
Healthy men who ate sweetened yogurt mixed with 40 grams of lingonberry powder showed blood sugar and insulin levels that were the same as when they ate yogurt that had no lingonberry powder in it – despite the fruit providing additional carbs.
Similarly, women who ate sweetened yogurt with 150 grams of lingonberry puree with 3 tablespoons of sugar had their peak insulin levels lowered by at least 17%. Compared to a group that ate sugar without lingonberries.
These small red berries do have many health benefits including promoting healthy blood sugar levels and healthy gut bacteria. This is all in light of the fact that more research on it might be needed. Whatever the case, you simply cannot go wrong with trying fruit.