Cranberries are a group of evergreen dwarf shrubs or trailing vines in the subgenus Oxycoccus … Cranberries are a major commercial crop in certain American states and … Most cranberries are processed into products such as juice, sauce, jam, and sweetened dried cranberries, with the remainder sold fresh to consumers.
While familiar nutrients like vitamin C and fiber play a very important role in cranberry’s health benefits, it’s the amazing array of phytonutrients in cranberries that has gotten the special attention of health researchers. There are at least 5 key categories of health-supportive phytonutrients in cranberries, as summarized in the following chart:
|Type of Phytonutrient||Specific Molecules|
|Phenolic Acids||hydroxybenzoic acids including vanillic acids; hydroxycinnamic acids inculding caffeic, coumaric, cinnamic, and ferulic acids|
|Anthocyanins||cyanidins, malvidins, and peonidins|
|Flavonoids||quercetin, myricetin, kaempferol|