The Health Benefits of Mulberries

Mulberries are an important berry to include in our daily diets. They are high in minerals, vitamins and fiber. They are low in fat, sodium and cholesterol. While they help us lose weight and maintain a healthy weight, they are also beneficial in lowering blood pressure.



Mulberries contains Vitamin C and Riboflavin which boosts your immune system and increase the energy in your body as well as “maintaining healthy hair, skin, mucous membranes, and nails; slowing aging; boosting athletic performance; promoting healthy reproductive function” (nutrition-and-you). Eating mulberries at the onset of cold and flu symptoms help relieve the symptoms faster. You may even prevent yourself from getting sick if you include these berries in your daily diet.

Mulberries are a major source of Vitamin K. If you want to have and maintain healthy bones and teeth, eating this fruit is the way to go. By including these berries in your daily diet, you are lowering the risk of getting osteoporosis you age. Vitamin K is necessary if you want to have a healthy liver. This vitamin also plays a role in allowing the blood to clot normally.

The Health Benefits of Mulberries

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Mulberries are an excellent source of dietary fiber.  With almost two grams per four ounces, you are promoting excellent intestinal health when you include passion fruit in your daily diet.  If you suffer from constipation or want to prevent it, mulberries help keep you regular. The fiber from these berries also helps your bile ducts move the cholesterol out of your body more effectively. Not only that, this fruit is good for your digestion system by relieving symptoms of:

 

Heartburn

Gas

Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms

Bloating

Nausea

Vomiting

 

We need antioxidants to protect our bodies against free radicals.   “Free radicals is a term often used to describe damaged cells that can be problematic. They are “free” because they are missing a critical molecule, which sends them on a rampage to pair with another molecule” (WebMD). The damaged cells will attack the good ones and damage them as well. Mulberries provide a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol which does an excellent job or repairing damaged cells.

Mulberries are an excellent source of potassium and magnesium which are needed to keep our blood pressure numbers at a safe level. When we do not have enough of this in our daily diets, we run the risk of getting high blood pressure. When you keep your blood pressure lower you run a less risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. The American Heart Association states that food that contains potassium and magnesium play a key role in reducing blood pressure. With 194 milligrams of potassium and 9 milligrams of magnesium per four ounces of mulberries, where can we go wrong?

Mulberries stimulate the production of the red blood cells in the body. An anemic person benefits from eating these berries because they are high in iron. Not only do these berries increase the number of red blood cells and make them stronger, they improve the circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the entire circulation system.



While you might find mulberries at your local grocery store or farmers market, it is easier to find them in the wild throughout the United States during the late spring and early summer months. The green leaves of the Mulberry Bush are oval-shaped with a ragged edge. The ripened fruit can be red, dark purple or even black. They have a sweet taste to them and you can eat them fresh or cooked. You can eat them by themselves or add them to pies and jellies. However, if you are planning to collect mulberries from the wild, always check with a qualified herbalist since poisonous berries can be confused with mulberries. Since mulberries have a short season, you can freeze or dry them for later use.

 






  • Comments

    1. Profile photo of Rex Trulove
      Rex Trulove

      I’ve never lived anywhere that a person could get mulberries in a store and only lived in one place where there was a mulberry tree anywhere nearby. It produced maybe 2 cups of mulberries a year, though it was a sizable tree. Neither Oregon nor Montana are known for mulberries and they apparently don’t grow well here. Apparently, they also don’t sell well. 🙂

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      Treathyl FOX

      Mulberries can do all that? That’s interesting. I have never bought mulberries at a grocery store. When I was a kid there was a mulberry bush and I ate my fill of mulberries for free. But I suppose I have derived the health benefits as I don’t suffer from many of the ailments you mention. 🙂

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      Lois Ryan Post author

      When I live on Long Island we had a wild bush in the woods near us and each summer we picked them. I did look online and find different places including Amazon, where you can purchase them as dried, powders and juice. Puritan’s pride sells them as capsules.

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