Chr. Hansen: Lingonberry – the new Nordic superfruit

Extending its innovative NutriPhy® range of phytonutrients launched in 2007, Danish ingredients company Chr. Hansen has launched a well-documented, standardized phytonutrient called NutriPhy® Lingonberry 100 for the dietary supplements industry. NutriPhy® Lingonberry 100 is a red-pinkish, spray-dried, free-flowing extract of Vaccinium vitis-idaea L. — better known as lingonberry. This new health ingredient was showcased at the Supply Side West trade show in Las Vegas in October 2008 and at the Health Ingredients Europe trade show in Paris in November 2008.

Small but highly nutritional

The lingonberry is a small red berry of the Ericaceae family growing in Scandinavia, Russia and Canada. The berries are used in preserves, jam, jelly, candy, syrup, pickles, juice beverages, and wine and they are appreciated for their nutritional properties. Indeed, the lingonberry fruit is not only rich in functional compounds such as fibres, minerals (copper, zinc, magnesium, and iron). It is also a so-called “superfruit” rich in antioxidants such as vitamins C, A and tocopherol (E) and especially in polyphenols like flavonols, phenolic acids, stilbenes, anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins.

This article is available in full in the Winter 2009 issue of Nutraceuticals Now