Red alfa lingonberry essential oil is a key unique ingredient in Ageless La Cure organic certified Extreme Hydrating Cream (rated "Excellent Moisturizer," the highest score, by the Swiss Skin Test Institute). Lingonberry essential oil is used in Extreme Hydrating Cream because it contains high levels of a variety of phytonutrients and, in general, the essential oil is recognized for its anti-aging properties. Lingonberry is considered a superfruit, is valued for its antioxidant potency and its essential oil is utilized as a skin conditioner and humectant by a very rare few discriminating skincare formulators such as Ageless La Cure by PHYTO5.
The lingonberry is also known as the mountain or alpine cranberry, cowberry or bilberry (to name only a few) but it’s far more potent than the mere cranberry, containing five times the level of type-A procyanidins as cranberry. Procyanidins are a sort of super-antioxidant with the powerful ability to scavenge free radicals, strengthen capillaries and connective tissues, reduce inflammation and suppress allergies while restoring skin's elasticity.
Skin soothing red alfa lingonberry is used in Ageless La Cure products as an anti-wrinkle agent because:
it gives the skin what it needs to retain hydration, elasticity and density:
it helps heal, regenerate and revitalize skin.
Sometimes referred to as arctic berries because they are native to the boreal forest and Arctic tundra of the northern hemisphere, lingonberries contain plentiful organic acids, vitamin C, vitamin A (as beta carotene), B vitamins 1, 2 and 3, and potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Lingonberry is extremely rich in omegas 3, 6 and 9 (moisturizing and anti-age action) and in tocotrienols. Tocotrienols are another type of antioxidant more powerful than vitamin E and they are known to facilitate cell growth.
Rich in gamma linoloeic acid (GLA) which is vital in helping the skin to maintain its balance of moisture, omega 3 contributes to glowing healthy skin while omega 6 fights inflammation and supports circulatory energy.
All these components of red alfa lingonberry are essential to the berry’s own survival in temperatures as low as minus 50°C. Read more about why this fact is important to your anti-aging skin regimen in our blog at our sister site phyto5.us, Nutrigenomics and Xenohormesis: Two Recently Coined Scientific Terms Whose Understanding Is Vital to Our Quality Longevity.
Used medicinally for centuries, Alaskan natives have used lingonberries as remedies for headaches and sore throats. In folk medicine, lingonberry has been used as an apéritif to stimulate appetite, an anti-inflammatory, astringent, antihemorrhagic, anti-debilitive, antiseptic, diuretic, and nervous system tonic.
In traditional Austrian medicine, lingonberry jelly or syrup is taken internally for gastrointestinal and urinary tract infections and to treat fever.
Lingonberry is widely slightly more known for its culinary uses over uses in skincare. They’re shaped like blueberries but are acid like cranberries and are pleasantly tart when eaten ripe.
Lingonberries are high in benzoic acid so they have a long shelf life in the kitchen and though they can be eaten raw, most people enjoy their sharp distinctive taste more in sauces, preserves, jams, jellies, syrups, candies, ice creams, pastries, cocktails, wines and liqueurs.
In Scandinavian countries lingonberry sauce and relish are mainstays served with pancakes, omelets, puddings and meats.
As a final note, talk about lingonberry for weight control and blood sugar and cholesterol management abounds on the internet. Sources point to the positive effects lingonberry has on a high fat diet.
Anecdotal comments posted on forums share statements like:
Though we did not find the data to support these claims in all the research conducted to write this article, the number of boards on the topic seem to say that weight management may be a benefit of consuming the berry.
Learn more about the lingonberry’s ability to pass on its survival response to and through the skin—one of the principle reasons why its essential oil is a vital component of Extreme Hydrating Cream. The relatively new scientific concept dubbed xenohormesis explains how certain plant molecules we ingest through the mouth or through the skin, for example, such as those found in lingonberry essential oil, can have significant health- and longevity-enhancing effects on our bodies, and it follows, on our skin. Consult our article in our blog at our sister site phyto5.us, Nutrigenomics and Xenohormesis: Two Recently Coined Scientific Terms Whose Understanding Is Vital to Our Quality Longevity for more science on the topic.
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