Is a berry the answer to cellulite? Let's look at whether Lingonberry has the credentials
Lingonberries, cowberry, foxberry, or Vaccinium vitis-idaea in Latin, are newly popular berries growing on the small shrubs in boreal forests and Arctic tundra across the northern hemisphere. They have been used for long time in folk medicine as a cure for rheumatoid arthritis, as an antiseptic, as a diuretic, helping to treat urinary tract infections, and as a natural remedy for a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms. Its weight-losing properties are a novel scientific discovery. Moreover, we found out that it has a ’good pack’ of ingredients that may have anti-cellulite effects.
The low down on the condition affectionately known as 'orange peel'
Cellulite is deposited fat in the form of lumps and dimples on the skin, which makes it similar to orange peel. The most often affected body areas are buttocks, thighs, hips, and lower stomach. Cellulite is more common in women than in men. It is both functional and aesthetically unacceptable cosmetic problem for most women. Cellulite is produced in connective tissues, which gives our body its shape. Cellulite appears when the elimination of harmful substances from connective tissue is too slow, due to abnormally large fatty cells, so that water and toxins are deposited, which causes thickening of the tissue.
There is lots of advice on how to get rid of cellulite. These include fat burning, detoxification, and body mass reduction. Lingonberry assists with each of these by improving metabolism, balancing blood sugar, and supplying antioxidants to the skin.
Lingonberry Reduces Fat
The Lund University study from 2014 has shown that lingonberries, unlike other types of berries, reduced fat levels in consumers of a high-fat diet to the same extent as those who consume a low fat diet. It was also shown to have positive affects on blood sugar and insulin levels.
When we talk about cellulite, one of the most important things to prevent its further development is to reduce the consumption of the fat, and to prevent it from accumulating around the body. Lingonberries may contain a chemical that reduces fat deposition and breaks down fats that are stored around the body.
Lingonberries are full of antioxidants
Antioxidants are extremely important in dealing with cellulite, since they bind free radicals that cause skin damage. Skin damage leads to weakening the dermis, which results in bumps and dimples. Lingonberries have strong detoxifying effects, as they contain very high amount of polyphenols. Polyphenols are one of the best type of antioxidants for maintaining healthy skin, with a proper pH balance, and free from accumulated toxins and cellulite.
Lingonberries are also rich in bioflavonoids, which replenish glutathione, our bodies’ most abundant antioxidant. Bioflavonoids lower cholesterol levels, improve circulation, balance female hormones, and renew skin, which is all beneficial in reducing cellulite. Lingonberries are the second-best source of quercetin in the nature (after the bog whortleberries), the type of flavonoids which reduces overall inflammation. Inflammations in the body usually cause poor circulation and decreased lymphatic drainage, which makes cellulite looks worse.
Finally, lingonberries contain high levels of the best two anti-cellulite antioxidants: vitamin C and E.
Lingonberries make you feel satiated, promote metabolism and give you more energy
Polyphenols in lingonberries are a great metabolism booster. With increased metabolism comes an increase in energy levels. When you have more energy, it is easier to exercise longer and at a higher intensity, and to build muscles, which increases overall calorie burning. That’s why lingonberries are considered as the best berries for losing weight, and why so many new dietary products include them.
Lingonberries contain lots of fibre, which makes you feel full longer. Fibre-rich foods improve digestion, which saves energy of your body for activities other than digestion.
There’s so much that these berries can do for those who want to get rid of the cellulite, as well as to reach some specific weight loss goals. Moreover, not only that lingonberries can be a great ally in losing weight, but it also helps you lose weight in an extremely healthy and natural way, maintaining your immune system, and preventing so-called “yoyo-effect”.
So, besides your normal routine in dealing with cellulite and excess weight, don’t forget to add one or two tablespoons of lingonberries or lingonberry powder to your morning smoothie, cereal, oatmeal, porridge, or yogurt. Don’t forget that lingonberries are most beneficial when combined with a healthy diet and daily exercise as well.