If you've shopped at Ikea's food sector, no doubt you've seen lingonberry in jams, preserves, and syrups. Lingonberry (Latin: Vaccinium vitis-idaea, a.k.a. cowberry, foxberry, or rock cranberry) is a small creeping plant related to blueberry and cranberry. It is widely grown throughout the Northern Hemisphere in boreal forests and tundra regions. The plants grow densely and, like cranberries, can be harvested by raking. These small ruby berries are a nordic match to, more prevalent in North America, cranberries. However, unlike cranberries, lingonberries are not cultivated and primarily wild-harvested. Consequently, they're not cheap but totally worth the effort and the money.
Lingonberries have been called 'superfruit' for their nutritional value and potential health benefits. However, berry leaves are byproducts of berry cultivation; their traditional therapeutic use against various diseases has been almost forgotten nowadays. Contemporary research proves what herbalists knew for centuries: the main bioactive compounds in berry leaves are similar to berry fruits. Lingonberry leaves are no less effective than the berries themself.
Lingonberry leaf herbal tea benefits the overall immune system by protecting the body from various infections and pathogens. The diverse anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds found in Lingonberry leaf may help relieve the common symptoms of arthritis, gout, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome. Lingonberry tea and extracts are commonly used to lower the risk of recurrent UTIs in women.
Lingonberry leaves synergistically blend into our proprietary herbal infusion INFLAMMATION AID for maximum effectiveness in inflammation reduction and pleasant taste.
☛ Immune System Support
With a generous amount of vitamin C, lingonberry leaves help stimulate the production of white blood cells and protect the body against various infections and pathogens.
☛ Anti-inflammatory properties
Various anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds found in lingonberry leaf can relieve the common symptoms of arthritis, gout, headaches, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Studies on mice showed that anti-inflammatory compounds in lingonberries may trigger changes in the gut bacteria's makeup, helping protect against low-grade inflammation. This may reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
☛ Oral Health
Lingonberry tea may defend against bacteria that promote gum disease and plaque accumulation on teeth because the leaves contain antibacterial plant compounds.
☛ Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
As an alternative for cranberry juice, women can drink lingonberry leaf tea to prevent or treat urinary tract infections (UTI). If you commonly get these infections, adding this plant to your weekly diet is a good idea.
☛ Blood Pressure
Lingonberry leaves naturally have high potassium levels. It can help lower blood pressure and protect cardiovascular health by lowering your risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.
What is Lingonberry tea good for?
In traditional medicinal uses, Lingoberry leaves are added into anti-inflammatory herbal infusions that have a diuretic effect providing additional antiseptic activity in the urinary tract.
Scientific research on Lingonberry Leaves (Vaccinium vitis-idaea):
Hokkanen J;Mattila S;Jaakola L;Pirttilä AM;Tolonen A;. (n.d.). Identification of phenolic compounds FROM Lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea L.), bilberry (VACCINIUM MYRTILLUS L.) and HYBRID bilberry (Vaccinium x intermedium Ruthe L.) LEAVES. Retrieved from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19788243/
Ferlemi, A., & Lamari, F. (2016, June 1). Berry leaves: An alternative source of Bioactive natural products of nutritional and medicinal value. Retrieved March 22, 2021, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4931538/
Ryyti, R., Hämäläinen, M., Peltola, R., & Moilanen, E. (n.d.). Beneficial effects of Lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea L.) supplementation on metabolic and INFLAMMATORY adverse effects induced BY high-fat diet in a mouse model of obesity. Retrieved March 22, 2021, from https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0232605