Health Benefits of Mulberries

The many health benefits of mulberries are amazing
The many health benefits of mulberries are amazing | Source

Benefits of Mulberry

In China, mulberry trees are used not just to feed silkworms for the silk industries, but also eaten for its extraordinary health benefits. Mulberries are regarded as a health tonic and the Chinese uses the leave for tea and the berries as syrup. Known to protect many known diseases and used as a traditional medicine, mulberry fruits are now becoming very popular outside China. Let’s explore the many health benefits of mulberries.

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Health Benefits of Mulberry

Mulberry trees grow not only in China, but in other temperate countries like the United States as well

The mulberry fruits are small, plumb yet juicy that are nice to eat and have many health benefits, which are:

  • Strengthens Eyesight: Regular consumption of mulberry will help strengthen your eyesight
  • Hair growth and gray hair: Mulberry juice when applied directly on the head is supposed to help blacken your gray hair and promotes healthy growth
  • Cancer: Mulberry is rich in resveratol that is believed to help prevent cancer
  • Immune System: High in Vitamin C and flavonoids, it is a natural booster for flu and other minor ailments. Mulberry also helps with your gastric problems and with chronic hepatitis.
  • Mulberry as a Brain tonic: With its high content of choline, mulberry is a good brain tonic which helps with your memory
  • Source of protein: Mulberry is one of the very few fruits with protein, which helps with muscle building.
  • Arthritic pain: With its anti inflammatory properties, it helps reliefs arthritic pain
  • Diabetes: The flavonoids in mulberry assists in controlling the sharp rise of blood sugar
  • Post Pregnancy: Eating mulberry after childbirth, is good to bring back energy and health.
  • Cholesterol: Eating mulberry on a regular basis will keep your cholesterol level low. It will also strengthen your liver and kidney.
  • Constipation: Mulberry, with its high fiber content, will help treat constipation.
  • Hypertension: Help contains hypertension.
  • Enhances appetite: Regular consumption of mulberry will improve the digestive and assimilating function and hence will enhance the appetite level.
  • Calms the nerves: Nutritional content of the berry will help enhance the blood and indirectly calms the nerves.

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Benefits of Mulberries and Its Nutritional Values

Mulberriy is great when eaten for breakfast as it is rich in many health-benefiting plant derived anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals and will start you day right.

It is low in Sodium, Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. Mulberry is a good source of Protein, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C and K. It is also a very good source of Resveratol, Riboflavin, Choline, Potassium, Flavonoids and Iron.

If you do not have time to sit down for breakfast, just carry with you the dried mulberries and have them on the go.

Eating Mulberry

There are several varieties of mulberries available. There the red, dark purple, white and pink mulberry varieties. All the varieties will be sticky moist when ripe. The red and dark purple mulberries tend to taste more like blackberry. The white mulberry has a honey sweetness while the pink variety is sticky sweet.

Fresh Mulberry

Mulberry can be eaten fresh, and if you like, with cream and honey. They can be added to your salad and great as jams, jellies and syrups. They don't freeze well so if you have a lot of mulberries, use it immediately. Because of its high water content and thin skins, they tend to get moldy or ferment fast. If you have a lot, it is best to turn them into jams, syrups or bake as cakes.

Dried Mulberry

Dried mulberry is more crunchy and is a good healthy snack. It can also be used as pie fillings and as mulberry muffins. For some variety, you can add it to your cookies, cakes, ice creams and yogurts.

You can drink it as tea from its leaves or syrups. Another way to enjoy the Health Benefits of Mulberry.

Enjoying syruped mulberries with vanilla ice cream and crumpet.
Enjoying syruped mulberries with vanilla ice cream and crumpet. | Source

Plant a Mulberry Tree

If you are looking for young mulberry seedling for planting, there are several available for sales online. Just Google and you will find several suppliers online, or get it through Amazon.com or eBay.


Making Mulberry Jam

If you have extra mulberry fruits and are not sure what to do with it, try turning it to mulberry jam. Here is the recipe to help you along.

Ingredients:

  • Mulberry berries 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg)
  • Cane Sugar 10.5 oz ( 300gms)
  • Pectin 1 bag

Preparation:

  • 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.

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Disclaimer on Health Benefits of Mulberries

This hub, Health Benefits of Mulberries, is meant to be informative and educational that provides general health information. It is not meant to be a substitute for the personal and professional medical care and diagnosis. If you have or suspect of having any health related problems, you are recommended to seek professional medical advice and treatment.

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greatstuff 2 years ago from Malaysia Author

cw, thanks for sharing your experience. I have tried the blackberry and apple cobbler, but not mulberry cobbler. Must try this one day!


cw 2 years ago

I made a mulberry cobbler once. I twas so good.


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greatstuff 4 years ago from Malaysia Author

@loveofnight , Yes, sometimes we tend to ignore fruits that do not look appetizing. We have cats and I kept observing them ‘munching' on a certain plant in the garden and if was only recently that I have to know it has herbal benefits for human being as well. Thanks for the visit.


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loveofnight 4 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

I find it amusing that although I grew up with mulberries all around me I always thought that they were bird food so I never tried eating them, good info. Thanks


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greatstuff 4 years ago from Malaysia Author

@neslihan, thanks for the visit and sharing. Since you have many mulberry trees, you may want to dry the mulberry fruits and keep for future use.


neslihan 4 years ago

we have many mulberry trees...


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greatstuff 4 years ago from Malaysia Author

Hi Ali Rose. Thanks for dropping by and commenting. I am glad you had no problem with freezing the mulberries. Being a delicate fruit, they don't freeze well. Thanks for sharing your experience.


Ali Rose 4 years ago

I freeze my mulberries every year and I have no problems with them. I rinse them and freeze them for a couple of hours in the colander, so they are individually frozen and then put them in freezer bags until I can make jam, jelly or smoothies.


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greatstuff 4 years ago from Malaysia Author

I think it does work, since your eyesight were excellent until you turned 40. As we get older, esp. after the age of 40, the eye lens becomes stiffer and we tend to have difficulty focussing on close up object. This is called Long-sightedness. Anyway continue taking the raw mulberries, it is also good for age related problems such as memory, arthritic pain etc. Thanks for responding. I now know for sure that it at least worked for the eyesight.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Hello greatstuff! In answer to your question...I don't know if I ate enough of them to make a difference, but I always had excellent eyesight until I turned 40. Now that I know that are good for your eyes, I plan on eating more of them, maybe I will see a difference now. If I do, I will definitely let you know. :)


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greatstuff 4 years ago from Malaysia Author

Thanks!! I hope you can find something useful in here. Thanks for Sharing and thanks for following. Keep writing.


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greatstuff 4 years ago from Malaysia Author

Thank you sgbrown - You are very lucky to have them growing on your property. Mulberry supposes to give you a good memory and strengthen your eyesights. Since you ate them raw, when you were young, did you see any of these benefits? I hope you don't mind me asking this question. (call it research & data validation!!)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

We had wild mulberry trees growing near our house in Texas when I was a child. I would eat them right off the tree. I had not seen any in Oklahoma until we moved to the country and there were two growing on our property. My husband laughs at me when he sees me bending the limbs to get at more mulberries! LOL I am glad to hear they are so healthy for you. I may have to try to pick some to bring in instead of just having them all to myself! Wonderful hub, voted up and interesting! Have a great day! :)


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India

Great information!

You have even included a video on a recipe

Thanks for SHARING:)


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

You are very welcome. Berries are wonderfully healing and delicious too.


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greatstuff 4 years ago from Malaysia Author

Thanks Debby for swinging by


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Great info. "Here we go 'round the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush." Blessings, Debby

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