Do Cranberries Have Quercetin? (EXPLAINED)

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Do cranberries have Quercetin?

There are about 40,000 acres of U.S. farmland dedicated to growing cranberries. Native to North America, cranberries are now considered by many to be a superfood because of their high antioxidant content, nutrient levels, and ability to help prevent many health problems. Our question is, do cranberries have quercetin?

Quick Answer: Yes – Cranberries do contain quercetin. Compared to other similar foods, its quercetin content is high.

Quercetin Content of Cranberries

Cranberries contain 5.45mg of quercetin in a 100-gram serving. They are also rich in other antioxidants, a variety of vitamins and minerals, and dietary fiber.

Are Cranberries High in Quercetin?

Compared to other foods, Cranberries are very high in quercetin.

Let’s take a look at how they compare to 5 similar foods.

  • Sour cherries contain 1.47mg/100g of quercetin, barely 1/3 that of cranberries.
  • Blackberries offer significantly less quercetin than cranberries, 3.58mg vs. 5.45mg/100g.
  • Bilberries provide 2.41mg less (3.04mg) quercetin per 100-gram serving than cranberries.
  • Blueberries far exceed cranberries in quercetin content offering 7.67mg to cranberries 5.45mg per 100g.
  • Cranberries’ quercetin concentration dwarfs that of Cloudberries which only offer 0.57mg/100g.

Sources: 

WebMD “Cranberries” https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/health-benefits-cranberries 

Medical News Today “What to know about cranberries”: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/269142 

USDA Database for the Flavonoid Content of Selected Foods: https://www.ars.usda.gov/arsuserfiles/80400525/data/flav/flav_r03.pdf