LINGONBERRY

OTHER NAME(S):

Airelle, Airelle d’Ida, Airelle à Fruits Rouges, Airelle à Pomme de Terre, Airelle Rouge, Airelle Vigne d’Ida, Airelle Vigne du Mont Ida, Arándano Europeo, Cowberry, Dry Ground Cranberry, Foxberry, Lingen, Lingenberry, Lingon, Lingonberry, Lowbush Cranberry, Moss Cranberry, Mountain Cranberry, Partridgeberry, Red Bilberry, Redberries, Red Whortleberry, Rock Cranberry, Shore Cranberry, Vaccinium vitis-idaea, Vine of Mount Ida.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

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

Lingonberry is used for urinary tract problems including irritation, kidney stones, and infections. It is also used for increasing urine production (as a diuretic).

Other uses include treating gout, arthritis, and infections caused by viruses.

Lingonberry leaves are sometimes used as a substitute for bearberry (uva ursi) leaves.

How does it work?

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

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Possibly Effective for

  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs). ). Research suggests that drinking 50 mL of a beverage that contains cranberry and lingonberry daily for 6 months can reduce the risk of recurrent UTIs in women and the number of UTIs in girls 3-12 years-old.

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of lingonberry for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

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.

It’s LIKELY UNSAFE to use lingonberry leaves long-term. The leaves contain chemical. There isn't enough information to know if lingonberry leaves are safe for short-term use. It can cause some side effects including nausea and vomiting.

There is a concern that the chemicals in lingonberry that can kill bacteria in the urine can also cause liver damage and cancer.

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 LIKELY UNSAFE for children when used long-term. Lingonberry might damage the liver.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s LIKELY UNSAFE to use lingonberry if you are 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.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for LINGONBERRY Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

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

REFERENCES:

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  • Ehala, S., Vaher, M., and Kaljurand, M. Characterization of phenolic profiles of Northern European berries by capillary electrophoresis and determination of their antioxidant activity. J Agric Food Chem 8-10-2005;53(16):6484-6490. View abstract.
  • Ek, S., Kartimo, H., Mattila, S., and Tolonen, A. Characterization of phenolic compounds from lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea). J Agric Food Chem 12-27-2006;54(26):9834-9842. View abstract.
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