Vaccinium vitis-idaea (lingonberry) fruit extract
Vaccinium vitis-idaea (also known as lingonberry) is a wild-growing Scandinavian-native berry that’s similar in nutrient profile and size with its plant “cousin”, blueberry. The bright red colour of lingonberries is evidence of its different antioxidant compounds compared to blueberries, but both are great sources of polyphenols that defend skin against environmental damage.
The pigments that give these berries their red colour are known as proanthocyanidins, and these have potent skin-calming and antioxidant ability.
Lingonberries are also a good source of the mineral manganese, which helps form the skin-essential enzymatic antioxidants superoxide dismutase.
Taste-wise, lingonberry is sometimes compared with cranberry, with the latter having a stronger tart flavour while lingonberries are sweeter.
References for this information:
Molecules, January 2019, ePublication; and December 2017, ePublication
Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, November 2017, pages 360-364
International Journal of Molecular Sciences, October 2015, pages 25,673-24,706
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