Superfood Comparison. Battle of the Superberries: Lingonberry vs. Acai
There are so many people these days talking about the next new “cure all” fruit, super food, you name it, they’re taking about it. We live in a world that is very fast paced, and often times we neglect what food we put into our bodies, causing all kinds of different ailments. What we put into our bodies is only a part of the problem, it’s what we don’t put into our bodies that is even a bigger problem. Our bodies need certain nutrients in order to protect ourselves and maintain a healthy state. We go on for years not paying any attention to what we’re eating and then it starts to happen…high blood pressure, heart failure, liver failure, diabetes, and the list goes on. Once this becomes a “me” problem, then we start looking for solutions to help reverse, or alleviate the pain associated with the problem. Today we will talk about the health benefits of two different berries, the Lingonberry and Acai, both have been used for centuries as medicine for healing. Berries in general have been shown to be some of the best healing foods on the planet.
The Acai Berry
This berry is commonly found growing in the rain forests of the Amazon. It is an indigenous berry that is very rich in antioxidants, known for its ability to aid in heart health. It has been talked about for centuries as a healing, immune system stimulating fruit, that will also give you a boost of energy. It has an extremely high amount of anthocyanins, an antioxidant that has the ability to lower cholesterol levels in the blood stream. It is also rich in plant sterols that have been known to prevent blood clots, improve blood circulation, and relax the blood vessels.
Many nutritionists refer to this berry as a super-food, and suggest that not only does it aid in losing weight, it also helps with maintaining a heathy weight. One study shows, that the pulp from this berry reduces the adverse effects of a diet that is high in fat, again promoting good heart health.
There are many modern beauty products that use Acai oil for skin health, helping fight the battle against anti-aging. In Brazil it has been used for centuries to heal skin related conditions, and is an excellent natural alternative to the harsh chemicals that are used in many skin care products.
So from heart health to skin care, the Acai berry has some great advantages to adding this one to your daily diet.
There is a good chance that you may not have heard of the lingonberry, but may be more familiar with it’s cousins the raspberry, cranberry, or the blueberry. Although it may be less popular, it is far more concentrated with nutrients than it’s cousins, and has the same great taste.
A few of the major benefits of this antioxidant rich berry are its ability to ward off the symptoms and causes of heart disease and diabetes. Although popular in Sweden and Scandinavian countries, the Native Americans have treated both of these conditions for decades with lingonberries. Lingonberries fight diabetes naturally by reducing the effect of advanced glycation end-products.
Lingonberries are jam packed with polyphenol flavonoids, in fact, more than any other known berry. These polyphenol flavonoids are a very powerful antioxidant that contain a wide variety of health benefits, but one of the biggest is reducing inflammation. In fact lingonberry, next to moringa is one of the most powerful natural anti inflammatory foods you can find
There is an agreement amongst health professionals worldwide, that nearly all diseases, including Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer, and heart disease, are caused by inflammation. In a study of all berries, only the lingonberry proved to reduce significant levels of dangerous inflammatory. A study conducted at the University of Helsinki showed that lingonberry juice protects the inner linings or your blood vessels, greatly reducing the risk of heart disease.
High blood pressure has some very destructive effects, such as circulation issues, skin sores, even kidney and eye disease, so it is crucial to keep blood sugar levels in check. A Canadian study showed that lingonberries protect against the destructive nature of high blood sugar by reducing the effects of AGEs (Advanced Glycation End products), which can be a life saver for those with diabetes.
Not only do lingonberries fill your body with antioxidants, they also replenish one of the most important antioxidants in our bodies…Glutathione, which is known as the “Master Antioxidant” because of its ability to fight off virtually all illnesses.
As you can see, there are many berries that are helpful in our diets, but none near as potent as the lingonberry. It is very quickly becoming known as the #1 super food in Western medicine, as well as the rest of the world. A daily diet that is rich in lingonberry will boost your immune system to fight against most illnesses known to man.
Lingonberries are more and more frequently considered a natural weight loss food. Studies have shown they counter the affects of a high fat diet, allowing (theoretically) you to lose weight while supplementing with lingonberry but maintaining the same overall diet.
A note on powders: many of the nutrients available in Lingonberry become effective at higher doses than you would normally consume while eating the fresh berries. Lingonberry Powder is a good way to consume large amounts of nutrients from large amounts of berries at a volume that would be impossible otherwise.