The famous Dr. Oz has listed white mulberry as an effective cure for weight loss and diabetes. White mulberry has a light-sweet flavor but is low in glucose content. The health benefits of white mulberries are popular even during ancient Rome. Since then mulberries are used in many countries to combat the symptoms and complications of diabetes.
Benefits of using white mulberry:
Promotes cardiovascular health
White mulberry is rich in antioxidants which can protect the heart and blood vessels from diseases. It can also decrease blood cholesterol level and hypertension. Because of its potent protective mechanism, it can prevent the complications of faulty blood circulation like hypertension, stroke, cataracts, and thromboembolism.
Scientific basis: Leaf extracts from white mulberry were found to inhibit the oxidation of low density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol. As a result of the inhibition, people who took white mulberry had lower blood cholesterol and were free from fat plaques.1
Supports weight loss and blood sugar control
White mulberries are rich in fiber that helps in the digestion and elimination of cholesterol in the body. It has zero saturated fat which is beneficial for overall health and general wellbeing. White mulberries also contain 1-deosynojirimycin which alters glucose metabolism. Studies show that mulberry leaf extracts supports blood sugar levels and reduces hyperglycemia episodes after meals. White mulberries also combat diabetes because of its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants eliminate free radicals that contribute to the development of diabetes symptoms.
Supporting researches: A study conducted in Japan discovered that white mulberry compounds counteract intestinal enzymes. Sugar and monosaccharaides are prohibited to enter the circulation causing its therapeutic effects. 1-Deosynojirimycin is the active ingredient of mulberry extracts found to act primarily in the small intestines. Rats were administered with mulberry extracts 30 minutes before carbohydrate loading. After carbohydrate loading, researchers found that the rats maintained a normal glucose level.2
The data is supported by another research made in India. Twenty four patients with type 2 diabetes participated in the study. Researchers compared the effect of mulberry leaves versus glibenclamide treatment. Results show that white mulberry produced a therapeutic effect which is more superior to the medication. It controlled fasting blood sugar, post-prandial glucose, and blood cholesterol. Glibenclamide do not exert a hypolipidemic effect in patients with diabetes.3
People with diabetes often experience varied adverse effects from medications. Even if that is the case, many people have already experienced the therapeutic effects of white mulberry. It effectively controls blood sugar levels during and after meals without causing any adverse effects.
- Kojima, Y., Kimura, T., et.al. J Clin Biochem Nutr. 2010 Sep; 47(2): 155–161.
- Miyahara, C., Miyazawa, M., et.al. J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). 2004 Jun;50(3):161-4.
- Andallu, B., Suryakantam, V., et.al. Clin Chim Acta. 2001 Dec;314(1-2):47-53.