A true elixir of youth? Lingonberry juice. This berry, in fact, has recently been the focus of two scientific studies that have demonstrated its powerful properties for health, with beneficial effects even on the liver and capable of counteracting tooth decay and inflammation, which is a condition that can accelerate the aging processes. The researches were both published in the journal Nutrients thanks to the work of two groups of Finnish scientists (Ryyti et al, Nutrients, 2021 and Pärnänen et al, Nutrients, 2021).
Lingonberry against fatty liver
In the first research, scientists investigated the effects of lingonberry on the liver and its ability to protect against fatty liver. In fact, in the world, the cases of fatty liver not caused by the consumption of alcohol are growing due to the Western-style diet, rich in fat and sugar, and conditions such as obesity. Lingonberry provides precious polyphenols, which are substances with an antioxidant action that are considered to have hepatoprotective properties. The researchers observed that, in the presence of a high-fat diet, the intake of lingonberry allowed to avoid alterations in the liver that would then have paved the way for hepatic steatosis. In particular, the lingonberry counteracted inflammation, avoided the accumulation of triglycerides in the liver and increased the elimination of insulin. In fact, in the fatty liver, insulin is degraded with greater difficulty leading to a condition of insulin resistance, the antechamber of diabetes.
The anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-aging properties of lingonberry
The second study is a review of lingonberry health properties. What emerges is, first of all, that the lingonberry is a powerful source of antioxidants, such as anthocyanins, flavonols and resveratrol. Not only that, lingonberry, even in the form of juice, has shown an interesting antitumor action, both in terms of degenerations that can affect the oral cavity and those relating to the breast and colon. Lingonberry is also characterized by antiviral and antibacterial properties, also useful in fighting the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Lingonberry polyphenols were also found to be neuroprotective and cardioprotective. In fact, lingonberry juice is an antithrombotic, it helps to reduce blood sugar, cholesterol and obesity.