- Lighting Applications Specialist - Beamsville (Ontario) Canada
- Senior Product Manager Young Plants
- (Senior) Sourcing Manager Soft Fruit
- IPM Manager - Morehead (KY) USA
- Labor Manager - Morehead (KY) USA
- Human Resources Manager - Morehead (KY) USA
- Assistant Grower - Morehead (KY) USA
- Head Grower - Morehead (KY) USA
- General Manager - Morehead (KY) USA
- Greenhouse Installation Specialist - Hallam, Victoria, Australia
Top 5 -yesterday
Top 5 -last week
Manitoba lingonberries may protect against kidney failure
Already cultivated as a cash crop in Scandinavia, wild lingonberries can be found across northern British Columbia, Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador but have yet to see a widescale commercial harvest in Canada.
“[The] lingonberry is now at the point that blueberries were at 20 years ago. We need to do the science to understand what’s in there; what are the health properties,” says Dr. Kelly Ross of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, who was not involved in the new study, to Global News.
In Sweden, home furnishing giant IKEA makes drinks, syrups and jams from lingonberries for exportation around the world, and just recently, archeologists at the University of Pennsylvania found evidence of the lingonberry being used in the making of an alcoholic grog by groups of people living in Scandinavia as far back as 1500 to 1300 BCE.
In Canada, research in 2015 showed that the lingonberries grown in northern Manitoba actually contain the highest levels of antioxidants.
“We call them moss berries here. People make juice out of them and with the pulp they make jam,” said Del Hildebrandt, a lingonberry harvester from Lynn Lake, Manitoba, to the Winnipeg Free Press. “As long as it’s a good year, you can pick buckets and buckets of them. The (berries) are easy to pick and easy to store,” said Hildebrandt.
The benefits of antioxidants are well known, primarily as they protect against damage caused by free radicals through a bodily process known as oxidative stress. Free radicals are unstable molecules and atoms produced by oxidation which can interact with and damage the body’s cells as well as cellular DNA, causing tissue damage and helping to bring about aging, cancer and other diseases. Antioxidants combat this process by interacting with free radicals before they can do their damage.
Conducted by researchers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, the new study focused on a condition known as ischemia-reperfusion (IR) in the kidneys, a disruption caused by the sudden loss of blood flow and subsequent return of blood to the kidneys, which can lead to acute kidney failure. The study involved giving to rats 1 ml of lingonberry juice daily for three weeks and then subjecting the rats to kidney IR to see how their bodies responded.
After giving the rats the juice researchers saw a noticeable decrease in the chances of kidney failure.
Receive the daily newsletter in your email for free | Click here
Other news in this sector:
- 2019-04-15 Spain: "It didn't go well for winter fruit but stone fruit is eagerly awaited"
- 2019-04-08 Turkish cherries will soon be harvested
- 2019-04-08 Spain: Fruits in Bierzo not affected by the low temperatures
- 2019-04-05 The five most expensive fruits in the world
- 2019-04-05 Argentina's overseas fruit exports decreased by 25%
- 2019-04-04 Fresh fruit exports dropped in 2018
- 2019-04-04 The US continues to receive good volumes of Chilean fruit
- 2019-04-04 Croatian agriculture output increased in 2018
- 2019-04-04 South Africa: Government help needed for fresh fruit exports to flourish
- 2019-04-03 India: Andhra Pradesh No 1 in fruit production
- 2019-04-02 Russia proposes introduction of seasonal quotas for apple imports
- 2019-04-01 China: Average fruit prices rise for "6th consecutive month"
- 2019-03-29 Thailand: Fruit exports flourish through FTA deals
- 2019-03-29 South African fruit sector ripe for harvesting benefits of the fourth industrial revolution
- 2019-03-29 ‘Deporting undocumented workers would have huge cost impact’
- 2019-03-29 Management solutions for fruit flies in Australia and south-east Asia
- 2019-03-27 US campaign against Mexican Fruit Fly
- 2019-03-26 More bananas, less top fruit
- 2019-03-26 Brazilian fruit collector preserves over 1,300 rare types
- 2019-03-26 SpongeBob is not why your child likes junk food