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Lingonberry Extract Found To Have Marked Antioxidant Effects

March 4, 2011: 10:18 AM EST
French researchers, including scientists from Danish food ingredients company Chr. Hansen, have found that red Nordic lingonberry extract may be used as a dietary supplement to improve antioxidant activity. A study in rats found that 23 mg per kilogram of body weight of lingonberry extract prevented a decrease in glutathione levels. Glutathione is a co-factor in the antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase. Relatively small amounts of the extract decrease total oxidation in the body. The extract tested was introduced by Chr. Hansen in 2008. Lingonberries are rich in  phytonutrients such as flavonoids and phenolic acids. Supplements are sold for their heart health, immunity and anti-aging benefits, and also as a treatment for urinary tract infection.
C. Mane, et al. , "Food Grade Lingonberry Extract: Polyphenolic Composition and In Vivo Protective Effect against Oxidative Stress", Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, March 04, 2011, © American Chemical Society
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