Lingonberries might prevent weight gain from high-fat diet, a recent study made at the Lund University suggests. The same study showed that the “super berry” acai had the opposite effect and caused increased wight gain.
Small, red and powerful, Lingonberry – Vaccinium vitis-idaea – also known as Cowberry, belongs to the same vaccinium family with blueberries, bilberry and cranberry, and it is packed with plant phenols, such as flavonoids, lignans and resveratrol.
Other recent research on berries has shown the many health benefits of these majestical fruits. The most well-known and the most studied area is their antioxidizing qualities that results from the many antioxidants, such as flavonoids and vitamins C and E, found in them. Compounds found in lingonberries have been noted to help the body to decrease the damage of inflammation and to protect the body against oxidation. They also have positive effects on blood sugar levels, insulin and lipid metabolism, and condition of the blood vessels. It has further been suggested that lignans, which are phenolic phytoestrogens, suppress the development of hormone-dependent cancers.
The health benefits of wild berries has been known to the Scandinavian people for ages and people have included a variety of berries in their daily diet to fight many illnesses and to survive the long winters. In Sweden, Finland and Norway, Lingonberries are commonly preserved in sugar, either crushed or whole, kept in freezer, and made into a variety of jams and jellies. Lingonberry is then served, in one form or another, with various dishes several times every week. One common way to eat lingonberries is to make them into a porridge, which is whipped fluffy and served with sugar and fresh milk.
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