Mulberries are the sweet fruit which grows in temperate areas. It is originated from China. They have exclusive taste. Mulberries have different varieties. It is also known from its scientific name as Morus nigra and Morus australis. When they are young, it grows very fast but as the color changes from green or white to pink or red it slows. The mulberries are also used to make jams, fruit tarts, wines, cordials, sherbets, jellies, pies and teas. The strong flavor is possessed in black mulberry and American mulberry.
Poor blood circulation and anemia could be treated by the mulberry juice. The mulberry juice if mixed with Chinese medicine helps to enhance blood circulation and prevents from anemia. It can soothe the nerves when it is mixed with ligustrum and Chinese schizandra. The report of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states that the chances of blood clots and strokes could be reduced and blood pressure could be lowered if one consumes five ounces of mix berries a day. According to the Epidemiological study, the chances of arthritis and atherosclerosis could be reduced by cyanidin 3-glucoside present in mulberry. It also helps to reduce inflammation.
Health Benefits of Mulberries
The health benefits provided by mulberries are lower cholesterol, increase circulation, boost immune system, slow down the aging process, protect eye health, improve digestive health, aid in weight loss efforts, build bone tissue, prevent certain cancers, lower blood pressure and improve overall metabolism of the body.
1. Cures Certain Diseases
It is also used for natural food colorant purposes. Mulberries are rich in anthocyanin which has the curative properties for diseases.
2. Digestive Health
The dietary fiber in mulberries enhances the digestive health which prevents from bloating, constipation and cramping. It helps to maintain the cholesterol level and enhance heart health with its regular consumption.
The mulberry contains iron which helps to increase the red blood cells production. The oxygen is distributed to various organ systems and tissues which help to increase the function of systems and increase the metabolism.
4. Blood Pressure and Heart Health
The presence of resveratrol prevents from damage by angiotensin which leads to blood vessel constriction. It helps to increase the nitric oxide production which calms the blood vessels and lessens the risk of formation of blood clot and prevents from heart attacks and strokes. The dark skinned berries such as grapes and mulberries possess resveratrol. The bad cholesterol is reduced by eliminating the blood flow blockage. The resveratrol reduces the blood pressure and the chances of heart disease.
5. Enhances Appetite
Mulberries are good source of fiber which helps to enhance the digestive health by eliminating digestive issues, bloating and constipation.
6. Plentiful source of fiber
Mulberries increase the fiber content in the body. It possesses both the soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps to lessen the cholesterol levels which are harmful and also maintains blood sugar. Insoluble fiber enhances the healthy digestive system.
7. Enhances Immunity
The immunity is increased by balancing internal secretion. The production of body fluid is enhanced. Ten milligrams of mulberry should be consumed regularly by those who suffer from body fluid deficiency.
8. Kidney Stone
The calcium oxalate stone is known to be kidney stone. The consumption of mulberry juice regularly prevents from kidney stones. Medicines adds mulberries in order to intensify the kidneys.
9. Cancer prevention
Mulberries contain the antioxidant components such as Vitamin C, polyphenolic, anthocyanins, Vitamin A and phytonutrient compounds. The antioxidants counteract with free radicals which damages the healthy cells and converts into cancerous cells.
10. Lower Cholesterol
Excessive cholesterol in the blood leads to the chances of heart disease. Mulberry helps to reduce the cholesterol level and excess fat. It prevents from fatty liver disease by lessening the buildup of fat in the liver.
11. Improve Blood Sugar Control
DNJ(1-deoxynojirimycin) breaks down the carbohydrates and reduce the blood sugar increment after meals.
12. Vision health
The zea-xanthin in mulberries helps to prevent from the retina damage, cataracts, eye sight loss and retina degeneration which are caused by free radicals. It also reduces the stress on retina macula lutea. Vitamin A helps to relieve eye strain and increases the eye sight.
13. Immune System
Vitamin C is the antioxidant which helps to shield against diseases. It helps to enhance the immune system with single serving of mulberries in a day. Vitamin C assists the immune system, protects vision and repairs tissue. It eliminates the oxidative damage and the chances of heart disease.
14. Build Bone Tissue
Mulberries are rich in iron, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus which help to sustain the bone tissue. It is important to maintain strong bones, reverse bone damage, speed up healing process as we grow old so that to prevent from the bone disorders and osteoporosis.
15. Antioxidants and Premature Aging
Mulberries possess Vitamin E, Beta carotene, alpha carotene, Vitamin A, lutein and zea-xanthin. It acts as an antioxidant against free radicals for hair, tissue, skin and other areas of the body. It provides smooth skin, reduces age spots and blemishes, shiny and healthy hair. The clear bright skin could be obtained from mulberries. Mulberry tea or juice helps to rejuvenate skin. The hair follicles are rejuvenated by the mulberries extracts.
16. Rich in Protein, Iron and Calcium
Iron provides energy and eliminates fatigue. It delivers the oxygen-rich blood cells throughout the whole body. Calcium is essential for strong teeth and bones. The osteoporosis can be prevented by the enough calcium intakes. A serving of mulberry contains 4 grams of protein.
17. Promotes hair growth
The application of mulberries juice to the hair enhances hair growth. It also prevents from hair loss.
18. Retains Hair’s Natural Colour
It prevents from premature greying of hair. One can have healthy hair by drinking mulberry juice regularly. The melanin production is improved by the mulberries.
19. Parkinson Disease
Parkinson disease is the depletion in brain caused by gamma-aminobutyric acid. The antioxidant properties in white mulberry leaves provide neuroprotective effect against neurotoxins due to the GABA enriched.
20. Alzheimer’s disease
The regular consumption of mulberries helps to eliminate the brain diseases like Alzheimer. It helps to enhance the function of memory. They are sweet, tart and juicy berries which add the flavor to the meals. It forbids from getting sick and uncomfortable pains or aches.
21. Treat skin problems
The skin problems could be treated if the leaves left in a hot water for 30 minutes are applied. It is also applicable for sore throat, colds and fever.
22. Treats dry and sensitive skin
The mulberry leaves which is soaked in the olive or coconut oil for few days should be applied in order to get rid of dry skin. The irritated dry skin could be treated by using it with lotion.
23. Reduce risk of blood clot and strokes
The mulberries improve blood circulation and reduce the blood pressure preventing from the strokes and blood clots. It helps to ease the anemia symptoms.
24. Cleanses blood
Mulberries improve the blood circulation, cleanse blood and enhance the whole system. It soothes the nerves with the blood improvement.
25. Prevents flu and cold
Vitamin C and flavonoids in mulberries eliminates cough, flu and cold. It boosts the immune system. It also deals with the chronic hepatitis and gastritis problem.
26. Speeds up Recovery
It speeds up the healing process, prevents infection and enhances blood circulation. It speeds up the recovery process after birth. It also prevents from infection. It is used as an inflammatory solution after birth.
Types of Mulberry
The black mulberry is used to cure mouth diseases, epilepsy, insomnia, diabetes, urinary tract infections, throat, depression and dizziness. The diarrhea is cured by fresh immature mulberries and mature one is used for laxative. The black mulberry leaves are used for blood sugar control and it is used in tea to treat diabetes.
White mulberry serves the purposes such as stain removal, skin whitening and spot due to its presence of inhibitors which lessens the synthesis of melanin. It is used in the cosmetic products for cleansing and toning the face, anti-aging skin treatment. It aids in eye diseases, arthritis, weakness and ease nervous system. The author of the book “Plants against Cancer”; Jonathan Hartwell believes that the throat cancer can be cured with white mulberry juice.
How to select and store mulberries
At the end of the summer, black mulberries gets mature. The mulberries which are plump and rich in color should be purchased. Pale mulberries should be avoided as it is not ripe. It should be stored in an air tight container. Berries should be washed before storing as well as using it. It could be refrigerated for 3 days. Mulberries could be kept in a freezer for 3 months.
Tips for usage
Mulberries and its leaves are used for making tea and other beverages. Mulberries are rich in anti-oxidants. The taste of mulberry smoothies is magnificent. The cholesterol level is maintained along with providing all the necessary nutrients if it is added to the daily diet. The mulberries can prevent from the diseases related to kidney, liver and lungs. A glass of mulberry juice helps to remove the toxins from the body. This berry can be included in various ways to diet. Mulberries work a great for glowing skin, cleanses body and strong hair.
Side Effect of Mulberries
- As it is rich in nutrient, it enhances the health and function of system.
- The kidney patient may be discomforted due to the high presence of potassium.
- The excess consumption of mulberries should be avoided.
- The dietician should be consulted before consumed.
Mulberry Crisp Recipe
- 3/4 -1 cup coconut flour
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil or ghee
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon (1 dropperful) liquid stevia
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- optional- add in ground nuts of your choice, seeds such as chia and/or oats
- 4 cups wild mulberries
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon (about 1 dropperful) liquid stevia (or 1 tablespoon honey)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine fruit layer ingredients in a bowl and then pour the mixture into a fitting casserole dish.
- Mix with the crumble topping components (mix in coconut flour, slowly, till it reaches a crumble regularity).
- Equally distribute crumble mixture on top of the fruit layer.
- Cook for 40 minutes. You can serve hot or cold with your favorite organic topping or its delicious just plain.
The mulberry jam could be made with this recipe:
- Mulberry berries 3.36 lbs. (1.5 kg)
- Cane sugar 10.5 oz. (300 grams)
- Pectin 1 bag
- Clean and rinse the berries. Remove all the peduncles.
- Put in a large bowl and cover it with cane sugar and pectin.
- Over low heat, stir the mixture until the sugar melts.
- Prepare bottles to be used to store the jam, by sterilizing it in hot boiling water.
- The dried bottles are then placed in a large pot of water (that will be used as the boiling bath). Pour the jam into these bottles and boil it for 10 minutes.
- Then immediately cover the bottles, cool and refrigerate.