All good things, like berry powders, come in small (red) packages! Lingonberries may be small but they are packed full of antioxidants, fatty acids, fibre and vitamin E & K. Before modern medicine, lingonberries were used to combat heart disease, reduce blood pressure and decrease inflammation. The feature ingredient in our November classic box is lingonberry powder – so you can simply sprinkle it on your food of choice to enjoy its tangy flavour and amazing health benefits, such as the ones below!
1. The best fat fighting berry
Along with a balanced diet, berries are known as great fat-fighters! Recent research by the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism suggests that due to their high levels of polyphenols, a type of antioxidant, lingonberries are better than raspberries, blackberries, and acai berries, among other potential fat-fighters. Now is a good time as infuse them into our lives, after all, summer bodies are made in winter!
2. Blood-sugar lifesaver
Lingonberries have the potential to protect us against the dangerous side effects of high blood-sugar making them a great addition to the diet, especially for those who try to keep their sugar levels in check.
3. Nature’s anti-inflammatory
The antioxidant properties which naturally occur in lingonberries have a strong anti-inflammatory effect. It is known that in some part of the world, these berries have been used to ease the pain of arthritis and prevent heart disease.
4. Protect the urinary tract against infections
Lingonberries are one of the few natural sources of proanthocyanidines – a compound that protects us from urinary tract infections. Drinking juice made with a combination of lingonberries and cranberries – lingonberries close cousin – can inhibit the growth of infectious bacteria in the urinary tract.
5. Oral health – Keep smiling, keep shining
Lingonberries can help keep your mouth super clean by fighting hazardous bacteria responsible for gum and mouth disease. Thanks to the antioxidants and antimicrobial properties of these berries, you can confidently keep smiling all day long!
Lingonberry powder compresses all of these health benefits and more into an easy to use natural product. With its zesty tart flavour, it can be enjoyed with many of your upcoming festive dishes – try our lingonberry chia jam recipe in November’s classic box for some inspiration!
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