Mulberries come from a tree called Morus Alba. There are many interesting names for this beneficial berry in other cultures. They are called ‘Shahtoot‘ in Hindi, ‘Kambali Pandu‘ in Telugu, ‘Mucukkattaip palam’ in Tamil, ‘Hippunerale‘ in Kannada, ‘Shetur‘ in Gujarati, ‘Tutee‘ in Marathi, and ‘Shatut‘ in Punjabi.
Health Benefits of Mulberries.
Although mulberry trees have been around for centuries, it is surprising their multitude of health benefits have not caught on in the United States. According to a study by Purdue University, mulberries were used in Chinese herbal medicine for centuries to treat heart diseases, diabetes, anemia, and arthritis.
Mulberries are rich in antioxidants, anthocyanins and phytonutrients that help in stopping the growth and spread of tumor cells. They also contain resveratrol, which has anti-cancer properties that specifically help in fighting colon cancer, skin cancer, prostate cancer, and thyroid cancer.
Nutritional Value of Mulberries.
A powerhouse of nutrients, they contain fiber, healthy carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, minerals, and vitamins. They are an excellent source of protein as well with 3 ounces of mulberries containing 9 grams of protein. They are also a rich source of iron and calcium.
Mulberries are also an abundant reservoir of antioxidants such as resveratrol, cyanidin, chlorogenic acid, myricetin, and rutin. This humble berry is also a rich source of polynutrients like flavonoids, lutein, zeaxanthin, Beta carotenes, and A carotene.
Mulberries and Weight Loss.
Healthy digestion helps in efficiently maintaining optimum weight. A study was conducted by Italy’s F. De Ritis Institute and the Catholic University of Sacred Heart to determine the weight loss capacity of mulberries. It was found that those who consumed mulberries as part of a balanced diet of 1300 calories reduced their weight to about 10% of their total body weight in just three months and that most of this weight was lost in the waist and thigh regions.
Improve Your Vision.
Mulberries contain zeaxanthin, which helps in reducing oxidative stress in the cells that form your eyes. The carotenoids present in mulberries assist in preventing cataracts and macular degeneration
Help for Diabetes.
White mulberries, in particular, help keep blood sugar levels in check. Certain chemicals present in white mulberries are similar to the medicine used to treat type 2 diabetes. The compounds in white mulberry help in keeping the sugar levels of the body at an optimum range by slowly breaking down the sugars in the gut and allowing them to be absorbed more slowly into the bloodstream.
Improves Blood Circulation.
The antioxidants and polyphenols present in mulberries help in improving the function of the blood vessels by keeping them supple and dilated, which leads to a free flow of blood from the heart to other parts of the body. Mulberries encourage the production of red blood cells because they are rich in iron.
Food for a Healthy Heart.
Eating mulberries is a good way to lower the levels of bad cholesterol in your body, which in turn helps in preventing cardiovascular problems. All of the above circulation benefits lead to a healthier heart, but mulberries also contain potassium, which lowers blood pressure. The high concentration of the powerful antioxidant resveratrol helps reduce heart risks and keeps blood pressure in check.
Mulberries have been used as a remedy for blood health since ancient Chinese medicine incorporated them in their blood tonics used to cleanse the blood and increase its production.
Mulberries to Boost Immunity and Treat Colds and Flu.
Similar to elderberry – which is world-renowned for it’s virus fighting capabilities – mulberries have the same effect of activating the body’s macrophages and immune defenses to lessen the effects of viruses and decrease cold and flu duration. Mulberries also contain Vitamin C, which is another immune strengthening nutrient.
The resveratrol and anthocyanins in mulberries have anti-inflammatory properties. Mulberries are sometimes even used as a natural alternative to conventional anti-inflammatory drugs.
Cure for Anemia.
Due to the high iron content of mulberries, they will help prevent and reverse anemia.
Mulberries contain Vitamin K, calcium, and iron, which work together to maintain and build strong bones. These nutrients help the bones reverse the signs of bone degradation reducing the risk of bone disorders such as osteoporosis, arthritis, etc.
Also read our articles on how mulberries can improve your hair and skin and shop our Orchard Store for the many organic mulberry products we offer.