6 Health Benefits of Mulberries

Morus alba mulberry tree and fruit

Mulberries are delicious and nutritious, people all over the world enjoy it. Mulberries are a product of the Morus alba tree. Its leaves, which also contain nutrients and are even used as food for silkworms, are thin, glossy and light green; the fruit, like grapes, is red or white and grows in bunches called “drupes.”

1. Source of Antioxidants

Antioxidants help lessen the damage caused by free radicals and the entire mulberry plant- leaves, stems, and fruit, contains antioxidants. [1] [2] One antioxidant in particular, resveratrol, has gotten much attention. Research published by the University of Texas Health Science Center credits resveratrol for positive effects on age and longevity. [3]

2. Immune System Support

Mulberries contain alkaloids that activate macrophages. Macrophages are white blood cells that stimulate the immune system, putting it on high active alert against health threats. [4]

3. Supports Healthy Blood Sugar

More formal research is appropriate, but mulberry is thought to contain compounds that support balanced blood sugar levels. [5] Traditional medicine in China, Trinidad and Tobago have all used mulberry leaves to promote balanced blood sugar levels. [6] [7]

4. Healthy Food!

Dried mulberries are a great source of protein, vitamin C and K, fiber, and iron. Best of all, they’re available in health food stores everywhere! Enjoy them as a great snack all by themselves or add them to your favorite trail mix. If you live in a warm climate and are lucky enough to have mulberry trees nearby, you can enjoy the fruit fresh off the tree. Not as tasty as the fruit, even the leaves contain protein, fiber, and nutrients! [8]

5. Resists Redness

Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine have used mulberry as a remedy for swelling and redness. [9] A recent Romanian study discovered that a curcumin and mulberry leaf combination may be a new lead into natural remedies for this sort of irritation. [10]

6. Brain Protection?

Do mulberries offer anything to the brain? Researchers at Khon Kaen University in Thailand set out to answer that question by evaluating the effect of mulberry on male rats with memory impairment and brain damage. Although further investigation is required before mulberries can be declared a cognitive enhancer and neuroprotectant, rats that consumed mulberries had better memories and less oxidative stress. [11]

– Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

References:

  1. Wang W, Zu Y, Fu Y, Efferth T. In vitro antioxidant and antimicrobial activity of extracts from Morus alba L. leaves, stems and fruits. Am J Chin Med. 2012;40(2):349-56.
  2. Imran M, Khan H, Shah M, Khan R, Khan F. Chemical composition and antioxidant activity of certain Morus species. J Zhejiang Univ Sci B. 2010 Dec;11(12):973-80. doi: 10.1631/jzus.B1000173.
  3. Shankar S, Singh G, Srivastava RK. Chemoprevention by resveratrol: molecular mechanisms and therapeutic potential. Front Biosci. 2007 Sep 1;12:4839-54. Review.
  4. Kim SB, Chang BY, Jo YH, Lee SH, Han SB, Hwang BY, Kim SY, Lee MK. Macrophage activating activity of pyrrole alkaloids from Morus alba fruits. J Ethnopharmacol. 2013 Jan 9;145(1):393-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2012.11.007. Epub 2012 Nov 16.
  5. Kimura T, Nakagawa K, Kubota H, Kojima Y, Goto Y, Yamagishi K, Oita S, Oikawa S, Miyazawa T. Food-grade mulberry powder enriched with 1-deoxynojirimycin suppresses the elevation of postprandial blood glucose in humans. J Agric Food Chem. 2007 Jul 11;55(14):5869-74. Epub 2007 Jun 8.
  6. Lans CA. Ethnomedicines used in Trinidad and Tobago for urinary problems and diabetes mellitus. J Ethnobiol Ethnomed. 2006 Oct 13;2:45.
  7. Wang HJ, Chiang BH. Anti-diabetic effect of a traditional Chinese medicine formula. Food Funct. 2012 Nov;3(11):1161-9. doi: 10.1039/c2fo30139c.
  8. Kandylis K, Hadjigeorgiou I, Harizanis P. The nutritive value of mulberry leaves (Morus alba) as a feed supplement for sheep. Trop Anim Health Prod. 2009 Jan;41(1):17-24. doi: 10.1007/s11250-008-9149-y. Epub 2008 Mar 15.
  9. Chen YC, Tien YJ, Chen CH, Beltran FN, Amor EC, Wang RJ, Wu DJ, Mettling C, Lin YL, Yang WC. Morus alba and active compound oxyresveratrol exert anti-inflammatory activity via inhibition of leukocyte migration involving MEK/ERK signaling. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2013 Feb 23;13:45. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-13-45.
  10. Pirvulescu MM, Gan AM, Stan D, Simion V, Calin M, Butoi E, Tirgoviste CI, Manduteanu I. Curcumin and a Morus alba extract reduce pro-inflammatory effects of resistin in human endothelial cells. Phytother Res. 2011 Dec;25(12):1737-42. doi: 10.1002/ptr.3463. Epub 2011 Mar 28.
  11. Kaewkaen P, Tong-Un T, Wattanathorn J, Muchimapura S, Kaewrueng W, Wongcharoenwanakit S. Mulberry Fruit Extract Protects against Memory Impairment and Hippocampal Damage in Animal Model of Vascular Dementia. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012;2012:263520. doi: 10.1155/2012/263520. Epub 2012 Aug 16.

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  • Danielle hutch

    As a child my parents would infuse the mulberry leaves and make me gargles,to help my sore throat and today we still using grand ma remedy .In India they seem to use the mulberry wood – skin- and roots too.

  • Kongming Hy

    Thank you so much for this info. I’ve been taking mulberry leaves liquid chlorophyll and i loved it !!!! :D

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Awesome! What benefit have you noticed the most?

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