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LINGONBERRY
Vaccinium vitis-idaea

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Prostate, nervous disorders, nutritious deficiencies (e.g. during puberty); to regulate cholesterin levels, to improve hair growth, to improve liver function, to improve blood circulation in the brain ...

Description

Composition :
100% Vaccinium vitis-idea fructus - 230 mg

Part used :
Berries

Lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idea), also known as Cranberry, Cowberry, Bearberry, Mountain Cranberry, Foxberry, among other, is a short evergreen shrub in the Heath family (Ericaceae), native to the boreal forests and arctic tundra throughout the northern hemisphere, from Eurasia to North America.

Lingonberry spreads by underground stems to form dense colonies. Slender and brittle roots grow from the underground stems. The stems are rounded in cross-section and grow from 10 - 40 cm (4-16in) in height. Leaves grow alternately and are oval, 5–30 mm (1/5–1in) long, with a slightly wavy margin, and sometimes with a notched tip. The flowers are bell-shaped, white to pale pink, 3–8 mm (0.1–0.3 in) long, and produced in the early summer. The fruit is a red berry 6–10 mm (0.2–0.4 in) across, with an acidic taste, ripening in late summer to autumn.

Lingonberry contains plentiful amino acids, vitamin C, vitamin A (as beta carotene), B vitamins (B1, B2, B3) and the trace elements potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. In addition they also contain phytochemicals that are thought to counteract urinary-tract infections (anthocyanoside, arbutine, aliphatic alcohols and aldehydes, flavanoids like quercetin and triterpenes, organic acids like benzoe acid and syringaic acid, ), and the seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Anthocyanes are believed to improve night vision, while tanning agents like anthocyanosides and tannin may protect from kidney and urinary bladder infections (mechanism is unknown – possibly due to anti-bacterial properties which prevent harmful bacteria from nesting in the mucous membrane). Anthocyanosides are bio-active hydrocarbons with anti-oxydant properties.

According to ongoing scientific research (Rutgers University, University of Michigan and New Jersey State University), Lingonberry may help regulate cholesterin levels, soothe rheumatic disorders and prevent infections of the urinary tract. This is important and helpful, since a increasing number of bacteria have turned resistant against antibiotics (The National Institute of Health has increased funds for research into plants with anti-microbial properties like Lingonberry 75%). The use of Lingonberry in these studies is described as a preventive measure and includes various forms, e.g. marmelade, juice, compote or powdered (capsule).

The juice of Lingonberry (Cranberry) has anti-inflammatory properties with the mucous membranes of the mouth and urinary tract; this may explain their beneficial effect on medical problems like incontinence, irritable bladder syndrome, damages to the mucous membranes and chronic infections of the urinary tract. In case of the latter, Lingonberry was shown to reduce adherence of E. coli bacteria to the urinary tract (possibly due to the properties of a substance called proanthocyane); resulting in better elimination of the bacteria from the intestines and a 80% improvement rate.

History: In folk medicine, Lingonberry has traditionally been used as a astringent, antihemorrhagic, anti-debilitive, depurative, antiseptic (especially for the urethra), diuretic, a tonic for the nervous system, and in various ways to treat breast cancer, diabetes mellitus, rheumatism and various urogenital conditions.

Dosage

Take 3-6 capsules daily, before or with meals.

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