“10 Health Benefits Of Mulberries And So Much More!”

mulberies health benefitsMulberries are  a product of the Morus alba tree that grow wild throughout the US and other parts of the world. They are often overlooked and considered a nuisance since many people are not aware of the many health benefits and nutritional value they contain. If you are lucky enough to have a mulberry tree growing near you, harvesting the mulberries can provide many health benefits and can be used in many delicious recipes.

When I was a child I remember the game we used to play “Hear we go Around the Mulberry Bush” but never thought about how healthy mulberries bushes were or how important they can be in our diets.  We had many mulberry trees on our farm and my mother made mulberry jam which was quite tasty on homemade bread fresh from the oven during the cold winter months.

Useful Facts About Mulberries:

  • When Mulberries begin to ripen late May through July – turn to an almost black color (resemble a long blackberry) and this is when they are ready for harvest. Their rich juice can stain your fingers and will mush if you attempt to pick them by hand.  Since it not feasible to pick them by hand they are easily harvested from a tree using a tarp and branch hook. You can place a wide tarp, blanket, net or sheet below the branch of the tree or bush and shake it with your hand or with a rake or branch hook. Or some people just leave a tarp or blanket with a few rocks to hold it down under the tree or bush for a few days and check it daily as the mulberries fall naturally. 
  • There are also other varieties of mulberries that the fruits of the tree are white when ripe; this fruit in this cultivar is also sweet but has a very mild flavor compared to the darker variety.
  • Mulberries are a natural food colorants due to their rich dark potential color and can be used as a natural food dye instead of toxic synthetic artificial dyes that can cause many health problems.
  • Mulberries are considered an important food remedy in Chinese medicine and are a traditional folk remedy in many countries where mulberries have been eaten for hundreds of years.  Mulberries are also an ancient fruit of Asia and known in medicinal folklore as a remedy for ringworm, insomnia, arthritis, and tapeworm.

 

Health Benefits of Mulberries:

 1. Great source of Nutrients — Mulberries are an excellent source of vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin K, and iron. They are also a good source of dietary fiber, protein, riboflavin, phosphorus, magnesium, folic acid, and potassium.  These vitamins are function as co-factors and help body in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

2. Antioxidant– Mulberries contain antioxidant powers that lessen the damage caused by free radicals. According to the University of Texas Health Science Center – mulberries contain one special antioxidant that has recently been touted for its anti-aging and longevity abilities –“Resveratrol. Resveratrol is an  polyphenol flavonoid antioxidant that is also found in red grapes a red wineThe power of the antioxidants in mulberries can also help to prevent cancer and aid in treatment of existing cancer.

3. Anti-Inflammatory – Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine have used mulberry as a remedy for inflammation. A recent Romanian study discovered that a curcumin and mulberry leaf combination may be a new lead into natural remedies for inflammation.

4. Lower Your Blood PressureAccording to the March 2008 issue of the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” mulberries health benefits include a positive affect on blood circulation and lower your blood pressure, make you less susceptible to blood clots, strokes, help to prevent heart disease, and lower cholesterol. 

5. Weight Loss Benefits Mulberries can help you lose weight because 1 cup of raw mulberries has only 60 calories, is high in fiber, and has a high water content.

6.  Immune System Support Mulberries are beneficial for the immune system. They contain alkaloids that activate macrophages. Macrophages are white blood cells that stimulate the immune system, putting it on high active alert against health threats.

7. Retina Protection for your Eyes Mulberries contain Zea-xanthin, an important dietary carotenoid selectively concentrates into the retinal macula lutea, where it thought to provide antioxidant functions and protects the retina from the harmful ultraviolet rays through light-filtering actions.

8. Help Anemia Because of their high iron content mulberry juice may help those that suffer from anemia.

9. Regulates Blood SugarThis amazing fruit helps to regulate the blood sugar levels and prevents diabetes. More formal research is needed, but mulberry is thought to contain compounds that support balanced blood sugar levels. Traditional medicine in China, Trinidad and Tobago have all used mulberry leaves to promote balanced blood sugar levels.

10. Good for Digestion — Because mulberries are high in fiber it acts as a mild laxative. Eating mulberries on an empty stomach with a glass of water helps to treat constipation.  Adding mulberries to your regular diet can help to prevent indigestion.

2 Healthy Recipes for Mulberries:                                                                                                                                                (From Organic Magazine)

mulberry crispMulberry Crisp Recipe

Crumble Topping

  • 3/4-1 cup coconut flour
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil or ghee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1 dropperful) liquid stevia
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • optional — add in ground nuts of your choice, seeds  such as chia, and/or oats

Fruit Layer

  • 4 cups wild mulberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon (about 1 dropperful) liquid stevia (or 1 tablespoon honey)

Instructions  —  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine fruit layer ingredients in a bowl and then pour the mixture into a fitting casserole dish. Combine the crumble topping ingredients (mix in coconut flour, slowly, until it reaches a crumble consistency. Evenly distribute crumble mixture on top of the fruit layer.

Bake for 40 minutes. You can serve hot or cold with your favorite organic topping or its delicious just plain!

 

mulberry smoothieWild Mulberry & Celery Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 cup wild mulberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1 cup raw milk, nut milk, (hemp, almond, coconut milk, whatever suits your fancy)
  • 3-4 stalks of celery

Blend until smooth and enjoy the goodness

 

How to Keep Your Berries Fresh And Mold-Free:

To add life and freshness to mulberries (they will only stay fresh 3 days without this) or any berries wash them with as soon as you get the home with:

  • 1 part white or organic apple cider vinegar
  • 10 parts water

Dump the berries into the mixture and swish around. Drain, rinse but not to worry you wouldn’t taste the vinegar it will only help keep them fresh and free of mold and bacteria. Put them immediately in the fridge.

All berries including mulberries are part of a healing raw diet, but you can enjoy them and gain health benefits by adding them to your diet in many ways. If you want to eat them fresh try adding a little citrus juice that will give them a nice tangy taste. Eat dried mulberries, just like raisins. 

 

Give them to the kids as a healthy snack or add them to their cereal or in their pancakes. Try adding them to your favorite trail mix or pick them up fresh at a natural health food store. Maybe you even have some growing nearby at a local farmer that would be happy to share with you. You can freeze them to use later or make a jam, put them in muffins, make a mulberry crisp, bake a pie with them or add them to your favorite smoothie. The options are endless and you have some many health benefits from this wonderful healthy berry that Mother Nature provided for our use.

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14 thoughts on ““10 Health Benefits Of Mulberries And So Much More!””

  1. kattz7@hotmail.com

    Do you know where I can purchase Mulberry Syrup (with no sugar added) or genuine Mulberry capsules. You never know who is selling a legitimate Mulberry.

    1. Hi,
      I don’t know of any specific brand that I can recommend. My suggestion would any local farmer markets try to see if any of the vendors make homemade syrup and ask them how they make it. As far as supplements I would try a health food if you had one nearby and ask them for a good brand to recommend. If you do a search on line which I did try but the brands of supplements that I know for sure are true and good didn’t seem to carry mulberry supplements. Make sure your read the labels very carefully and if possible choose and organic or Non-GMO brand. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help to you. Check for the additives they put in and you could even e-mail or call the company and ask questions. If they are a good supplement company they will have some kind of good customer service – if they done’t that’s no a good sign. Good luck with your search and let me know if I can be or any more help. Have a healthy, happy & blessed day. Thank you stopping by and commenting.

  2. How about this black mulberry with Black sesame . Black beans . Black rice . Make it together to eat are very healthy and benefit .

    1. Hi Annie,
      That sounds very healthy indeed. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a healthy, happy & blessed day!

  3. As a child, my family loaded into the car & went mulberry picking. We went almost every day from spring to late summer. What we didn’t consumed on any of those days, my parents would freeze or canned the mulberries.

    We ate the mulberries, in various forms throughout the winter months.

    But, I didn’t realize just how many benefits were derived from the mulberries. I have 3 bushes in my yard. But, I have been too busy to take advantage of saving any more than I can eat at one time.

    Thank you for your sharing of your information on the mulberry’s healing properties. I will definitely pass it along & harvest this healing fruit this year.

    I am interested in any of your natural healing info from the various plants or flowers.

    1. HI Dottie,
      Mulberries do have a wealth of health and are so tasty. Glad to hear that you are still able to enjoy mulberries from your bushes in your yard. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a healthy, happy & blessed day!

  4. Mulberry jam with water and 1/2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and ice cubes taste very good and refreshing.

    1. Hi Serene,
      That does sound very refreshing. Thanks for reading my article and commenting. Happy Spring! Marla

    1. Hi Athar,
      I am sorry but I don’t have an answer for that ? except that almost all berries have many medicinal qualities and I suggest you ask you health care provider. They are loaded antioxidants which is truly so good for all over body health. Thanks for reading my article and commenting. Have a healthy happy blessed weekend!

    1. Hi Pam,
      Mulberries contain contain resveratrol that is believed to help lower blood pressure. I suggest you ask you health care provider or do a google search to fully understand the health benefits. Thank you for reading my article and commenting.

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