Are Mulberries a "Superfood"?
by Chad H. |
What are mulberries? Mulberries are the fruit that grows on mulberry trees. They are primarily grown in North America and Asia and are grown for their leaves which are in demand because they are the only leaves that can be eaten by silk worms.
The popularity of mulberries for human consumption has risen worldwide recently due to the many health benefits, sweet taste, and the fact that mulberries are, quite simply, a nutritional powerhouse. Another positive quality of mulberries is their versatility. Creative foodies can use them to make tea, wine, fruit drink, jam, or just as an ideal snack.
Here are 3 reasons to start eating mulberries:
1. Impressive Nutritional Profile
Mulberries contain phytonutrient compounds like polyphenol pigment antioxidants as well as vitamins and minerals to promote excellent health. They also have a low calorie count (43) per 100 grams. Additionally, mulberries are a superb source of Vitamin C and iron, which are vitally important for optimal health.
2. May Help Fight against Heart Disease and Cancer
Mulberries are a rich source of the antioxidant family Anthocyanins, which may lower LDL cholesterol (dangerous kind) and prevent heart disease. Studies have shown that the eating of berries can help fight against cancer, aging, inflammation, bacterial infections, diabetes, and neurological disorders. Mulberries may also reduce oxidative stress, which in turn may decrease the risk of cancer.
3. Helps Prevent Stroke and Improves Blood Sugar
Mulberries also contain another polyphenol flavanoid antioxidant called resveratrol. This antioxidant helps prevent stroke by manipulating molecular mechanisms in blood vessels. Mulberries also contain the compound 1-deoxynojirimycin. This compound helps prevent an enzyme in the gut from breaking down carbohydrates. Mulberries are an ideal food for diabetics because they help slow down the rise of blood sugar levels after eating.