mulberry-teaMulberry has been grown commercially to cultivate silkworms for centuries. The latest health fad appears to be drinks made from dried mulberry leaves. The Chinese have used the mulberry leaves for their medicinal properties since ancient times. Mulberry was used as a cooling herb to get rid of heat, toxins and other wastes from the body, purifying blood and improving metabolism. Now research studies are pointing out numerous health benefits of mulberry leaves, thanks to the beneficial enzymes and compounds contained within them.
ORIGINS: The mulberry plant traces its origins to China, and to some extent Japan and Thailand. It has since been brought over to many different countries, grown, and naturalized. There are many wild varieties of the mulberry, but the cultivated plants have whitish pink colored mulberries. The health benefits of mulberry leaves tea is mainly credited to a naturally occurring compound 1-deoxynojirimycin, DNJ, which has been found to help control blood sugar levels and reduce cholesterol and triglycerides in the body, as well as noteworthy anti-oxidant properties.


MINERALS AND ANTI-OXIDANTS: Many people wonder are dry mulberry leaves safe to drink or not? The answer to this is that mulberry leaves are a good source of calcium, iron and zinc; as well as anti-oxidants like ascorbic acid and beta-carotenes. Beta carotene rich foods and drinks have been known to reduce the risk of cancer, and anti-oxidants combat free radical induced cellular damage, due to unhealthy foods, smoke and radiation exposure. CONTROL BLOOD SUGAR: Dried mulberry leaves are rich in gallic acid, and this helps reduce glucose levels in the blood significantly. Research study groups in which some people were given sucrose drinks, some mulberry leaf tea, and some a placebo showed significant reduction in blood sugar levels of the people who took mulberry leaf tea. Scientists have shown that mulberry leaves could be used to both treat and prevent Type 2 Diabetes.

LOWER CHOLESTROL: Studies have shown remarkable reduction in triglyceride and cholesterol levels in participants who were given mulberry leaf powder thrice a day for three months. Of course, to reduce your cholesterol levels instantly, you might have to drink a gallon of mulberry leaf drinks, but for a stable and steady decline in your triglyceride levels, drink some dried mulberry leaf tea a few times a day.

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EFFECTS: The anti-inflammatory effects of mulberry leaves have been used in traditional Chinese medicines for centuries. Mulberry leaves have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce inflammation caused by long term diseases. Scientists have found that mulberry leaves reduce inflammation by inhibiting inflammatory agents in the body, effectively obstructing the body’s inflammatory response. WEIGHT LOSS: DNJ, found within mulberry leaves has been shown to stimulate weight loss. DNJ acts by hindering carbohydrate-digesting enzymes in the intestines, effectively putting a stop to glucose absorption in the body. The starchy foods like rice, potatoes and breads aren’t digested and simply excreted out. Reduced glucose levels also reduce appetite, acting in more than one way to reduce your calorie intake. CONCLUSION Drinking dried mulberry leaf tea will make you a stronger and healthier individual. The benefits are many and the drawbacks are few. Bring about that healthy change in your life!