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Lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea)

treats Urinary tract infection

Generic Name: cranberry

Brand Names: Azo-Cranberry

Category

Herbs & Supplements

Synonyms

Alpine cranberry, anthocyanin, cowberry, cranberry, Ericaceae (family), evergreen, mountain cranberry, periwinkle leaf extracts, red berries, red bilberry, red whortleberry, Vaccinium vitis-idaea, Vaccinium vitis-idaea L, Vaccinium vitis-idaea cv. Amberland, Vaccinium vitis-idea.

Background

Lingonberry is a food native to Scandinavia. Lingonberry has shown antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects in laboratory studies.

Lingonberry has been used as a food and as a traditional medicine to treat inflammatory diseases and wounds in Sweden.

Evidence

DISCLAIMER: These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.

Urinary tract infection (UTI) prevention: Cranberry juice is commonly used to prevent and treat urinary tract infections. One clinical trial using a combination of cranberry and lingonberry juice found that this was more effective. Higher quality research comparing lingonberry juice or cranberry-lingonberry juice to cranberry juice alone is needed before a recommendation can be made.
Grade: C

Tradition

WARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Anthelmintic (expels worms), antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitussive (cough suppressant), antiviral, cancer, expectorant (encourages coughing-up of mucus), food uses, male contraception, periodontal (gum) disease, viral encephalitis (tick-borne), wound healing.

Dosing

Adults (over 18 years old)

There is no proven safe or effective dose for lingonberry supplements in adults.

Children (under 18 years old)

There is no proven safe or effective dose for lingonberry supplements in children.

Safety

DISCLAIMER: Many complementary techniques are practiced by healthcare professionals with formal training, in accordance with the standards of national organizations. However, this is not universally the case, and adverse effects are possible. Due to limited research, in some cases only limited safety information is available.

Allergies

Avoid in individuals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) or its constituents.

Side Effects and Warnings

Lingonberry is likely safe when used in food amounts.

Lingonberry may not be safe in male patients in couples who are trying to become pregnant.

There are few adverse effects associated with lingonberry reported in the available literature. However, one animal study indicates that Vaccinium vitis leaf extract may have adverse effects on the male reproductive system.

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

Vaccinium vitis leaf extract may have negative effects on fertility. Lingonberry should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women due to a lack of available scientific evidence.

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