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      From Science Daily

      Lingonberries almost completely prevented weight gain in mice fed a high-fat diet, a study at Lund University in Sweden has found -- whereas the 'super berry' açai led to increased weight gain. The Scandinavian berries also produced lower blood sugar levels and cholesterol.

      The Lund University research team used a type of mouse that easily stores fat and therefore can be regarded as a model for humans who are overweight and at risk of diabetes.

      Some of the mice were fed a low-fat diet, while the majority of the animals were fed a diet high in fat. They were then divided into groups, where all except a control group were fed a type of berry -- lingonberry, bilberry, raspberry, crowberry, blackberry, prune, blackcurrant or açai berry.

      When the mice were compared after three months, it could be observed that the lingonberry group had by far the best results. The mice that had eaten lingonberries had not put on more weight than the mice that had eaten a low-fat diet -- and their blood sugar and insulin readings were similar to those of the 'low-fat' mice. Their cholesterol levels and levels of fat in the liver were also lower than those of the animals who received a high-fat diet without any berries.

      According to the Lund University researchers, this is the first study of this kind using lingonberries.
      "That is probably because lingonberries are mainly eaten in Scandinavia. At international conferences, I always have to start by explaining what they are, and showing the audience a jar of them," says Lovisa Heyman, a PhD student in Experimental Medical Science.

      Blackcurrants and bilberries also produced good effects, although not as pronounced as the lingonberries. The açai berries, on the other hand, came last, although they had actually been included in the study for the opposite reason -- the researchers wanted to see how well the Nordic berries would do in comparison with the Brazilian 'super berry'.

      "Instead, the opposite happened. In our study, the açai berries led to weight gain and higher levels of fat in the liver," said Karin Berger, diabetes researcher at Lund University.

      She believes that açai berries are primarily used as an energy supplement in their homeland Brazil. It is in the US and Europe that açai has been marketed as a 'super berry' with many health benefits, including weight loss.

      The good results from lingonberries may be due to their polyphenol content, according to the researchers. They will now continue to work on understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in the effect of the lingonberries. They will also see whether the effect can be observed in humans.

      "Up to 20 % of our mice's diet was lingonberries. It isn't realistic for humans to eat such a high proportion. However, the goal is not to produce such dramatic effects as in the 'high-fat' mice, but rather to prevent obesity and diabetes by supplementing a more normal diet with berries," said Karin Berger.

      However, the Lund researchers do not recommend people start eating large quantities of lingonberry jam. Boiling the berries can affect their nutrient content and jam contains a lot of sugar. Frozen lingonberries on cereal or in a smoothie are considerably better.

      "If anyone wonders -- yes, we now eat lingonberries on a regular basis!" said Lovisa Heyman.

      Story Source:
      The above story is based on materials provided by Lund University. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

      Journal Reference:
      Lovisa Heyman, Ulrika Axling, Narda Blanco, Olov Sterner, Cecilia Holm, Karin Berger. Evaluation of Beneficial Metabolic Effects of Berries in High-Fat Fed C57BL/6J Mice. Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, 2014; 2014: 1 DOI: 10.1155/2014/403041

      Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0123095114.htm
      Comments 12 Comments
      1. bigbruiser739's Avatar
        bigbruiser739 -
        Has anyone seen lingonberries in any stores in the U.S.? not that I think they'll do anything, but I'm willing to be a test dummy.
      1. cumminslifter's Avatar
        cumminslifter -
        never seen them myself
      1. bcole's Avatar
        bcole -
        Originally Posted by bigbruiser739 View Post
        Has anyone seen lingonberries in any stores in the U.S.? not that I think they'll do anything, but I'm willing to be a test dummy.
        Whole Foods has them.
      1. TheMovement's Avatar
        TheMovement -
        Any comparison btw these and raspberry ketones?
      1. bigbruiser739's Avatar
        bigbruiser739 -
        thats a good point....

        With mice raspberry ketones had amazing results, but it was an extremely large dose just like this article/study. Except when applied to human most studies show that RK's do very little if anything.
      1. TheMovement's Avatar
        TheMovement -
        Originally Posted by bigbruiser739 View Post
        thats a good point....

        With mice raspberry ketones had amazing results, but it was an extremely large dose just like this article/study. Except when applied to human most studies show that RK's do very little if anything.
        I felt the same way, and the way so many extracts popped up not even weeks later after study reviews weighed in Im wondering if this will follow suit. Odd to me that the Acai berry group gained weight as well. It all makes ya reconsider where ya get your fruits from if ya have ever drank a Naked juice lls
      1. Mikeyjd's Avatar
        Mikeyjd -
        Doesn't everyone already eat these?
      1. bigbruiser739's Avatar
        bigbruiser739 -
        Originally Posted by Mikeyjd View Post
        Doesn't everyone already eat these?
        Never heard of them. You use them?
      1. Mikeyjd's Avatar
        Mikeyjd -
        Originally Posted by bigbruiser739 View Post
        Never heard of them. You use them?
        Nope. Just being sarcastic. I've never heard of them either.
      1. Oscar's Avatar
        Oscar -
        Lingonberries is a fun word to say
      1. AlexPowell's Avatar
        AlexPowell -
        If you think eating even more food will halt fat gain then you're an idiot
      1. 12345's Avatar
        12345 -
        Originally Posted by Mikeyjd View Post
        Nope. Just being sarcastic. I've never heard of them either.
        Lol