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Overview Information

Lingonberry is a plant. The leaves and berries are used to make medicine.

Lingonberry is used for urinary tract infections (UTIs), kidney stones, gout, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

In foods, lingonberry berries are used in jams, syrups, baked goods, and juice.

Lingonberry leaves are sometimes used as a substitute for bearberry (uva ursi) leaves. Don't confuse lingonberry for uva ursi, cranberry, or cramp bark.

How does it work?

Lingonberry has chemicals that might help kill bacteria in the urine.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Infections of the kidney, bladder, or urethra (urinary tract infections or UTIs). Some research in women and girls 3-12 years of age with a history of UTIs shows that drinking 50 mL of a cranberry and lingonberry juice daily for 6 months can reduce the chance of getting more UTIs.
  • Common cold.
  • Gout.
  • Kidney stones.
  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
  • Other Conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of lingonberry for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Lingonberry concentrate is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth appropriately. A drink containing cranberry and lingonberry concentrate has been used safely for up to 6 months. Lingonberry juice and berries contain chemicals called tannins, which might cause side effects such as nausea and vomiting in some people. It's POSSIBLY UNSAFE to take lingonberry leaves by mouth, long-term. The leaves contain chemicals that might cause liver damage when taken long-term. There isn't enough reliable information to know if lingonberry leaves are safe when taken by mouth, short-term.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Children: Lingonberry concentrate is POSSIBLY SAFE for children when taken by mouth appropriately. A drink containing cranberry and lingonberry concentrate has been used safely for up to 6 months. Lingonberry is POSSIBLY UNSAFE for children when used long-term. It might damage the liver.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's LIKELY UNSAFE to use lingonberry if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Lingonberry contains chemicals that might cause genetic changes and harm to the fetus.

Liver disease: There are chemicals in lingonberry that might make liver disease worse.



We currently have no information for LINGONBERRY Interactions.



The appropriate dose of lingonberry depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for alpine cranberry. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


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