Mulberry, especially under the name mulberry zuccarin which is used by New Nordic to label its version, is getting more and more popular as a way to facilitate healthy blood sugar levels. Mulberry, also known as Morus, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Moraceae. The 10–16 species of deciduous trees it contains are commonly known as Mulberries. They are native to warm temperate and subtropical regions of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, with the majority of the species native to Asia.

The closely related genus Broussonetia is also commonly known as mulberry, notably the Paper Mulberry, Broussonetia papyrifera. Mulberries are swift-growing when young, but soon become slow-growing and rarely exceed 10–15 m (33–49 ft) tall. The leaves are alternately arranged, simple, often lobed, more often lobed on juvenile shoots than on mature trees, and serrated on the margin.

What are the health advantages of making Mulberry Leaf part of our Diet? According to “The mulberry plant has been highly regarded in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine. It may possess blood sugar lowering effects in animal studies. Preliminary human studies have confirmed its benefits in both preventing and treating type 2 diabetes. In vitro studies suggest that extracts of black, green, and mulberry tea leaves could interfere with carbohydrate absorption via their ability to inhibit {alpha}-amylase, {alpha}-glucosidase, and sodium-glucose transporters. Mulberry tea or mulberry extract may be a healthy addition to one’s diet when used occasionally. More studies are needed to determine the long term benefit and side effects of mulberry extract supplements. Mulberry leaf has a substance called moranoline (1-deoxynojirimycin) that inhibits an enzyme in the intestinal tract (alpha-glucosidase) involved in the digestion of carbohydrates. Moranoline holds back complex carbohydrates, starches, maltose and sucrose from breaking down into glucose. Anthocyanins contribute to the red or dark purple color of mulberry fruits. Anthocyanins provide antioxidant activity, cardiovascular protection, antiviral activity as health benefits. Mulberries are also a source of resveratrol, which functions as an antioxidant”.

This is confirmed by various sources, including Robyn Ellis: “Mulberry and mulberry leaf extract are natural medicines used for hundreds of years in traditional medical practices. The ancient Chinese Materia Medica claims that mulberry has a heathful effects on the liver, and new studies reveal that regular use of mulberry leaf may help prevent or control Type 2 diabetes by suppressing insulin absorption. The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry published findings that mulberry leaf extract may help prevent some forms of diabetes by suppressing insulin production when taken regularly and in conjunction with other healthful practices. Integrative medical practitioner Dr. Andrew Weil suggests taking a dosage of 1 gram before a meal, as well as eating magnesium-rich foods like leafy green vegetables and sunflower seeds, and omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish and fish oil and also available as a supplement. These recommendations have not been evaluated by the FDA”. Robyn Ellis also says that “Type 2 diabetes can be controlled (or prevented) with a healthy diet, exercise, and–in some cases–oral medication. Adding mulberry leaf to your diet may help the body process insulin”.

Please, note also that most researchers agree that, at this stage, there is no definitive evidence about Mulberry affecting sugar cravings, or being and aid in weight loss. Still, there are reports from individuals, especially in Norway, who successfully used Mulberry to control their weight. As usual, before taking any decision, speak with your doctor.

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4 Comments for this entry

  • Bernardo says:

    Hola, Interesante, no va a continuar con este articulo?

  • Jeffry Norquist says:

    Many of us are looking for a simple solution, an easy way to get in shape!

  • Kira Mclilly says:

    Good day I appreciated your article. I feel that it is necessary when talking about diabetes to at least refer to natural treatments that have been shown to be effective in managing high blood glucose. Several natural herbs can be including in a diabetics routine that will help preserve a wholesome glucose level.

  • Brenda Johnson says:

    I started using Mulberry zuccarin around November/December
    2010. Since December my weight has dropped. My sugar levels
    dropped. My Blood pressure is great as well as my cholesteral levels. I am having a hard time finding these
    supplements. I understand that only Walgreens or CVS has
    the supplements available. My stores around me don’t seem to carry too much or have totally dropped the supplements from their inventory. Is there any other stores that carry
    these supplements I have not felt this Healthy in quite some time and I credit Mulberry Zuccarin for this. It’s a
    great Dietary aid. Thank you

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