A little-known Scandinavian delicacy has been revealed as the latest super-food.
Researchers say lingonberries are rich in health-boosting chemicals that lower blood pressure and make your heart healthier.
The Research Study
A study conducted at the University of Helsinki has found that long-term consumption of lingonberry juice can lower blood pressure and improves the function of blood vessels. Performing her doctorate, Anne Kivimäki MSc(Food Science) investigated the cardiovascular effects of cold-pressed lingonberry juice. Also cranberry juice and blackcurrant juice as drinking fluid for eight to 10 weeks on genetically hypertensive rats (rodents that have been made to suffer from hypertension).
Prior research uncovered that polyphenol-rich foods (full of micronutrients) have reduced the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Lingonberry, cranberry and blackcurrant are all excellent sources of polyphenols, which informed her study.
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“These experimental findings need evidence from comparative clinical studies on healthy individuals with slightly elevated blood pressure who, at this point, have been given nutritional and lifestyle guidance instead of drug therapy,” Kivimäki concluded.
“Lingonberry juice is no substitute for medication, but it is a good dietary supplement,” she added.
Lingonberry is a delicious fruit filled with antioxidants that can help stave off disease and inflammation. Try it in your morning smoothie, as a topping on your favorite pancakes or as a lingonberry sauce on baked turkey breast — the same way you might enjoy cranberries and turkey at Thanksgiving.
By consuming lingonberry, you can help treat UTI, keep your mouth healthy and potentially even prevent cancer cell growth, in addition to staving off other disease. So don’t wait — get lingonberries in your diet and enjoy all these wonderful benefits.
Lingonberry Smoothie Recipe:
- 1/4 cup wild frozen lingonberries
- 1 ripe organic banana
- 1/2 orange
- 1 cup milk or coconut milk
- Optional: add 1/4 cup wild huckleberries
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix. Enjoy!
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