White mulberry has been used in natural medicine for hundreds of years. In Chinese medicine, it is used to lower fever, treat cough, and lower high blood pressure. Rich in nutritional values are all parts of this plant: fruits, leaves, twigs and bark. There are even dietary supplements that contain mulberry extract. However, specialists say that dietary supplements are much less effective than natural herbs.
Weight reduction is the most popular application of white mulberry. The most effective is the brew prepared from dried white mulberry leaves. Put a tablespoon of dried and shredded leaves into a glass and then pour in boiling water. Cover the glass and wait about 10 minutes, drink twice a day. Same-made white mulberry tea is excellent for diabetics, because it slows down the increase in blood sugar after a meal. White mulberry leaves are used to prepare the traditional Mon Tea drink, which in the Far East is considered the best antidiabetic tea.
Drinking mulberry tea before meals inhibits postprandial glycemia and thus reduces insulin secretion. As a result, carbohydrates delivered with a meal are absorbed very slowly and do not transform into adipose tissue. Preventing fluctuations in glucose helps to control the appetite and get rid of the permanent desire for sweets.
In addition, white mulberry tea provides B group vitamins that improve the quality of vision (riboflavin), improve the mood (thiamine), are necessary in the production of red blood cells (pyridoxine) and vitamin PP, which supports the functioning of the brain.
Mulberry fruits have a shape similar to blackberries, and in taste they are sweet and sour. Most stores offer dried mulberry fruits, which taste great as an addition to muesli or a healthy snack. You can also buy or make alone mulberry juice. Mulberry juice perfectly regenerates after intensive training due to the content of vitamins C, B and potassium.
Mulberry also contains flavonoids: quercetin, rutin, coumarin, as well as phenolic acids: chlorogenic acid and coffee acid. Thanks to the mentioned substances mulberry has a high antioxidant potential – it neutralizes free radicals. Mulberry contains more quercetin than red onions! It is worth using the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of this flavonoid, including mulberry, into your nutritional plan.
Prevention of cardiovascular disease is another property of the plant, which is the subject of this article. The wealth of antioxidants inhibits the increase in the level of bad cholesterol and raises the level of good cholesterol.
Another good news concerns people with Alzheimer’s disease. Mulberry leaf extract inhibits the formation of proteins that play a significant role in the formation of this disease.
So mulberry is actually a wonderful plant. Eating mulberry fruit and drinking tea from mulberry leaves should become a daily ritual.