USDA scientists at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging atTufts University have been finding promising results associated with diets high in antioxidants and other phytonutrients. Preliminary studies suggest that diets containing fruits and vegetables with high ORAC values may provide protection against chronic age-related afflictions like loss of coordination and loss of memory. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity which is a measure of the antioxidant activity for a particular food. Cranberries score very high on the ORAC scale at 1750 ORAC units per 3.5 oz. serving.
You may also enjoy visiting "Cranberry Sauce - From Bog to Table" for my home-made healthy recipe for Whole Cranberry Sauce made with ingredients from two vacation locations, Maine and Lancaster, PA., plus pictures of an antique cranberry sorting machine.