Wild Lingonberries: Why They Are Good for You

If you’ve never heard of lingonberries and their health benefits, you’re not alone. Lingonberries belong to the Vaccinium genus, just like cranberries and blueberries. They taste more like cranberries.

Lingonberries are a longtime favourite of people who enjoy healthy organic recipes. They’re used to make nutrient-rich powder, sauce, juice, jams, jellies, and syrups, which you can use in baking and cooking.

Lingonberries contain a full range of nutrients, so they make excellent snacks for both kids and adults. You can add them to porridge, cereal, ice cream, pancakes, and purées.

These fruits are high in antioxidants and can help both the young and old build their immune systems. Snacking on the fruit can also keep you energised all day.

You can enjoy the berry whole, fresh, freeze-dried, or powdered.

The Nutritional Facts of Wild Lingonberry

Wild lingonberries are a superfood. They’re rich with nutrients and phytochemicals like minerals, vitamins, and polyphenols. These include:

  • Polyphenolic acids
  • Resveratrol
  • Flavonoids, such as quercetin, catechin, epicatechin, anthocyanins, flavonols, and proanthocyanidins
  • Organic acids
  • Vitamins A, C, and E
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium,
  • Phosphorous
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Dietary fibre
LOOV lingonberry jam

Lingonberry jam contains vitamins and minerals necessary for optimal health

LOOV Food organic wild lingonberries are sourced from organic forests in Finland. They have high amounts of quercetin and resveratrol, which are both antioxidants.

What Are the Benefits of Wild Lingonberries?

Animal and human clinical trials show that lingonberries have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticancer properties.

Below are the potential benefits of consuming wild lingonberries in their fresh, freeze-dried and powder form:

Wild Lingonberries Promote Endothelial Function and Heart Health

Endothelial dysfunction is a kind of non-obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) in which the large blood vessels on the surface of the heart constrict (narrow) rather than dilate. Endothelial dysfunction can occur because of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and smoking.

This illness causes chronic chest pain and atherosclerosis, which can lead to stroke and heart attack.

The polyphenols in wild lingonberries have strong antioxidants, which have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Long-term consumption of lingonberry juice can lower high blood pressure and enhance the functioning of blood vessels.

The flavonoids quercetin and epicatechin improve endothelial function and ultimately lead to beneficial cardiovascular effects.

A jar of 1.1kg wild lingonberries is equal to 1 bottle of 500 ml wild lingonberry juice
The polyphenols and flavonoids in lingonberry juice can enhance endothelial function and heart health

Wild Lingonberries Inhibit the Growth of Cancer Cells

Lingonberries have anticancer effects and can reduce the risk of:

  • Digestive Tract Cancer: The phenolic, antiproliferative and antitumor compounds may ward off digestive tract cancer. Data from 10 studies on lingonberries found that their anticancer properties can inhibit cancer cell growth and tumor formation.
  • Colorectal Cancer: Studies on the effects of lingonberries on colorectal cancer showed that freeze-dried lingonberries decreased the number and size of intestinal tumors and premalignant lesions.
  • Oral Cancer: Fermented lingonberry juice may also inhibit oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma. The polyphenolic compounds found in fermented lingonberry juice have an anti-invasive and anti-proliferative effect against oral cancer cells.
Lingonberry juice benefits
The anticancer effects of lingonberry juice can reduce the risk of various cancers

Lingonberries Enhance Gut Health and Immune Response

The immune system guards the body against bacteria and viruses. Factors that affect immune response include:

  • Inflammation
  • Autoimmune disorders like type 1 diabetes, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Immunodeficiency disorders like leukemia and AIDS
  • Antigens
  • Lack of zinc, protein, vitamins, A, C, and E
  • Old age
  • Poor diet
  • Poor gut health

Inflammation is a major cause of pain and illnesses. The resveratrol, anthocyanins, and quercetin compounds in lingonberries have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Quercetin may alleviate the pain and inflammation.

Studies also suggest that a healthy gut can enhance immune function and reduce inflammation. Consuming lingonberries can change the gut microbiota, which can prevent low-grade inflammation.

In other words, polyphenols prevent cell damage. They interact with your gut bacteria to reduce inflammation and enhance immune response. This may prevent diseases with underlying inflammatory conditions, such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and dementia.

Vitamin C in lingonberries also strengthens the immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells, which protect the body against viruses.The antiviral activity of anthocyanin also guards against the flu virus.

LOOV Food Lingonberry juice tastes like the real fruit
Lingonberries are full of vitamin C goodness that supports a healthy immune system

Lingonberries Promote Weight Control

Adding lingonberries to your diet and exercising regularly can promote weight loss. Lingonberries are a perfect snack if you’re looking to lose weight because they don’t contain any added sugars—dietary sugar can lead to weight gain.

According to a study conducted at Lund University, lingonberry supplementation may inhibit weight gain caused by a high fat diet.

Lingonberries enhance metabolic and physiologic functions. The amount of fat in the adipose tissues is reduced, which then leads to weight loss.

Reduces Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections affect at least 60% of women, with a third of them experiencing recurrent UTIs.

Vaccinium berries may affect coliform bacteria that cause urinary tract infections. Studies found that taking a mixture of 50ml of cranberry and lingonberry juice for 6 months may prevent repeated urinary tract infections.

A glass filled with lingonberry juice and a bottle of lingonberry juice
Taking 50 ml of lingonberry and cranberry juice every day may reduce UTI infections

What Do Lingonberries Taste Like?

Organic wild lingonberries have a strong flavour—tart with a tinge of sweetness. When you bite on a lingonberry, your mouth will fill with juice as the berry pops—lingonberries are much juicier than cranberries.

Unripe lingonberries may be even more tart or sour, but it’s the tart flavour that makes them so tasty and irresistible.

Someone adding lingonberries to muffins and LOOV Food 5 star customer review
Lingonberries are tasty

Where Can You Buy Wild Lingonberry Products?

You can buy fresh, dried, or powdered lingonberry products in specialty food stores or online. It’s important to note that wild lingonberry products are also sold as cowberry, bearberry, and foxberry.

LOOV Food lingonberry jams, powder, juice, and freeze-dried whole berries are available on our website, Facebook, and on Amazon.

Alternatively, you can visit our physical store and purchase wholesale organic wild lingonberry products.

organic berry fruit spreads from LOOV Food
Enjoy fruit spread made from wild lingonberries from certified organic forests in Europe

The Best Way to Add 100% Organic Wild Lingonberries to Your Diet

Wild lingonberries are rich in anticancer, antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. They can support your heart, urinary tract, stomach, and oral health. They can also help you meet your recommended daily fruit intake.

LOOV Food wild lingonberries are grown naturally. Our products have been lab-tested and don’t contain:

  • Pesticides
  • Preservatives
  • Added sugar
  • Additives
  • Fillers
  • Gluten
  • GMOs

All ingredients are listed on the product label.

A pack of lab tested freeze-dried organic whole wild lingonberries
Freeze-dried wild lingonberries contain no added sugar

Our nutrient-rich lingonberry products can be added to:

The strong flavour of lingonberries can enhance the taste of any meal.

“Carefully packaged and fresh lingonberry powder. I live down South so there are no lingonberries. I love the flavor and tartness. Great value for the money. You can use the powder in so many ways. I love it in my yogurt and made a cream pie in a macadamia nut crust at Christmas. Yummmm.”

Jade

Visit our LOOV Food Shop for more healthy ingredients, wild nordic powders, berries, and supplements. All our products are vegan-friendly.

Wild Lingonberries Frequently Asked Questions

If I Am Diabetic, Can I Use Wild Lingonberry Products?

Regular consumption of lingonberries can alleviate symptoms of type 2 diabetes. If you follow a strict diet, we recommend consulting your doctor.

Where Can I Find LOOV Food Wild Lingonberries Recipes?

We have a variety of lingonberry recipes on our website. Cranberries or blueberries can also be used as an alternative. We’d love to hear about any new recipes you make with our products.

How Do I Store Your Lingonberry Products After Opening?

Our products have a high concentration of benzoic acid, which extends their shelf life. After opening your lingonberry juice, jam, or jelly, cap tightly and refrigerate.

Freeze-dried or powdered wild lingonberry should be sealed tightly in its original package. Store the powder at room temperature in a cool, dry place to prevent clumping.

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