Arctic berries have a high proportion of nutrients, but a light energy content. They contain high amounts of vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as well as nutritional fibre. That makes them perfect food choice for children, the elderly, competitive athletes as well as those losing weight.
Arctic berries are also one of the best source of polyphenols that have been found to have beneficial effects on human health as well. For excemple, anthocyanin levels in wild bilberry are up to 4 times higher than in cultivated highbush blueberry. Regular use of berries has also been found to have a positive impact on blood pressure and HDL cholesterol levels.
Fibre and beneficial microbes
Getting enough fibre from your diet guarantees the well-being of microbes, that are important for your digestive system. Vegetable-based fibre feeds the good bacteria, such as bifido- and probiotic lactive acid bacteria. The adequate amounts of these bacterias in your intestine system supports the natural immune defense system of your body.
BILBERRY – The Blue Gold of Finland
Bilberries are distinct from blueberries but closely related to them. In several other European languages its name translates as “blueberry” or “wild blueberry”, and this may cause confusion with the related plants more usually known as “blueberry” in American English.
Bilberry a wild relative of cultivated blueberry is receiving massive interest in food industry due to potential health promoting properties. Regarding other berry fruits, bilberry is overall one of the best sources of phenolic compounds.
Bilberries are a good source of Vitamin E, Potassium and Dietary fibre. The most significant health benefit of the bilberry, however, is the anthocyanin compounds it contains. The wild bilberry is up to four times richer in these flavonoids than is the related highbush blueberry, a cultivated plant. The blue pulp of the wild bilberry is full of the pigment anthocyanin, while the highbush blueberry has a light-coloured pulp. Flavonoids are important antioxidants, and promote several health effects.
*) Anthocyanins Koponen et al 2007. Flavan-3-ols Hellström et al. 2009. Accreditation lab (BEL-119, MTT, Food and biotechnology, 31600, Jokioinen, Finland, see references), Average of three analysis.
Berries constitute one of the mainproduct groups which are thought to have health benefits due to phenol compounds. Flavonoids are the main group of phenols, which include e.g. anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins. Proanthocyanidins consist of flavan-3-ol units.
Proanthocyanidins are known also to be highly effective scavengers of free radicals and function as antioxidants.
LINGONBERRY – The New Powerful Superfood
Lingonberry is edible wild berry grown under northern latitudes and traditionally one of the mostly picked and frequently used berries in various parts of the world.
Thanks to rich amounts of fiber and polyphenols in lingonberry, consuming of lingoberries and its derived products may offer multiple health benefits. Recent research has revealed important new findings on the potential biological functions of lingonberry and its bioactive compounds.
Lingonberries contain a significant amount of vitamin E, manganese and is also a good source of fibre. The lingonberry is rich in many different types of polyphenols, the potential health properties of which are being researched intensively. It also contains lignans, proanthocyanidins and resveratrol. The amount of resveratrol in lingonberries is similar to that found in the key ingredient of red wine, dark grapes.
For more information on the nutritional contents of northern arctic berries, please visit Arctic Flavours Association’s website.