OREANDA-NEWS. Lingonberries are rich in antioxidants and improve digestion and eye health. They are best eaten fresh, but they retain their health benefits after being frozen or heat-treated. This was reported by Elena Zhuchkova, an endocrinologist and dietician at SM-Clinic.

Lingonberry is the fruit of a shrub of the heath family. Their small red berries taste like cranberries, but despite their tartness, they are not as bitter or sour. Both fruit and leaves are used in pharmacology. Its closest "relatives" are blueberries and cranberries.

Lingonberries are easy to include in everyday diet: they go well with meat dishes, are ideal in baking and desserts, go well with cheese and, as an ingredient, in salads. And thanks to its healthy properties, it has long been relegated to the superfood category.

The low caloric value of cranberries is high in vitamin C, healthy minerals, antioxidants, fibre and polyphenols.

Lingonberries have many beneficial substances and compounds that have a positive effect on the intestines, heart and blood vessels. Also, if you add the berry to your diet, you can improve your eye health and boost your immune system.

Lingonberry is high in manganese. It is not only involved in a number of vital body processes, but is also a component of superoxide dismutase. This enzyme plays one of the key roles in the antioxidant protection of cells from oxidative stress.

Lingonberry also contains vitamins E and C, which are recognised as powerful antioxidants and have a positive effect on immunity and skin health.

The berry has anthocyanins, flavonoids and quercetin: they can reduce inflammation, blood pressure, risk of cardiovascular disease.

It should be noted that there are conditions in which cranberries can lead to an exacerbation of disease. For example, lingonberries should be eaten with caution when there are erosive and ulcerative problems of the stomach and intestines. Also, with intestinal diverticulosis, multiple small hernias of the intestinal wall can also be 'traps' for the tough rinds of cranberries and thereby cause inflammation of the intestinal wall. People with this diagnosis are advised to use well pureed lingonberries in a fruit puree together with soft fruit, as well as strained decoctions and morsels made from lingonberries and leaves".