Fresh whole cranberries are very nutritious and offer many health benefits. Cranberries are low in calories and high in nutrients such as vitamin C, fiber, manganese, copper and vitamin E. They also contain a wide variety of phytonutrients, phenolic acids, anthocyanins, flavanoids and triterpenoids.
The phytonutrients found in cranberries provide the body with anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antioxidant benefits. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of cranberries reduce the risk of developing a urinary tract infection and promote the health of the cardiovascular system. Consumption of cranberries have been shown to lower cholesterol levels and also reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure.