Washington: Ligonberry has a much higher antioxidant level in certain capacities than blueberries or raspberries, and it can help protect blood vessels of people who have hypertension or have diabetic damage from too much blood sugar, a Finland researcher has claimed.
“It doesn’t lower the blood pressure, but it stops the damage,” Fox News quoted Dr. Peter Bongiorno of Innersource Health as saying.
A native of Sweden, ligonberries are found on low, evergreen shrubs throughout the forests of Scandinavia.
These tart, red berries are much smaller and juicier than their distant cousin, the cranberry.
“Lingonberries contain very high levels of certain phytochemicals, which are brilliant antioxidants, and these are the protective qualities that are in the berry that confer to us,” Bongiorno noted.
“So the same way that these chemicals protect the sun’s radiation from damaging the small fruit, when we take them in, they also protect our bodies and protect us from excessive oxidation,” he added.
Antioxidants have been proven to play a role in helping to prevent diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and macular degeneration.
Given its growing popularity, Bongiorno predicted that Lingonberries would soon be available in juices, powders and in the frozen food section of local grocery store.