White mulberries grow all over the world but their origins are easily traced to China; a country with a historical richness and diversity for herbal medicine. As with so many plants and herbs, the white mulberry plant’s fruit, branches, roots and leaves are medicinally useful. The pharmacological evidence is well-documented stretching back to the 7th century.
One of the keys to building a strong immune system and fighting the daily assault of free radicals is antioxidant power. The entire mulberry plant is packed with free radical scavenging ability. Some of the mulberry leaf benefits include flavonoids; fruits, roots and branches contain phenols.
Antioxidant and Nutritional Properties
In vitro (laboratory testing outside a living organism) testing demonstrated 2 compounds found in mulberry extract, Oxyresveratrol and Mulberroside A, to inhibit a process known as lipid peroxidation.
This destructive biochemical process results in oxidative damage to lipids, or fats. But this is not about the excess fat around the mid-section or elsewhere.
In the case of lipid peroxidation, free radicals steal some of the normal electrical charge from the lipids in cell membranes. These lipids are a normal and extremely important part of cell membranes.
And the result is cellular damage. Now realize that this damage happens to all cells in your body.
The bane of people trying to lose weight is carbohydrates, and carbs make-up a full 90% of the calorie-count in mulberries. On the other hand, a cup of white mulberries is only worth about 60 calories; pretty low and certainly offset by the multitude of healthy benefits.
A serving of white mulberry edible fruit gives you about 2.5 grams of fiber which helps you in several ways: imparts a “full feeling” due to the “swelling action” within the stomach; helps your body control serum glucose; and helps with regular elimination.
In case you’re concerned about all those carbohydrates turning into sugar, well that is where the story gets more interesting.
You see, one of the helpful abilities of white mulberries is its action on sugar digestion and metabolism. Mulberry extract actually helps you lose weight because it has an inhibiting effect on sugar uptake and digestion.
In fact, according to Dr. Oz, “It has a way of stopping the processing of sugar before it starts.” This process results in sugar being secreted rather than being metabolized and entering your bloodstream.
In Vitro Studies on Obesity
The results of two studies were reported in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, in 2008 and 2009. The subjects were obese mice that were fed a high-fat diet. White mulberry extract was one of three herbs given to the mice.
Scientists measured a hormone responsible for energy metabolism and feeding behavior. The hormone measured was melanin-concentrating hormone. White mulberry leaf extract was shown to inhibit the effect of the hormone. The obese mice lost weight and body fat which is consistent with other findings that mulberry leaf interferes with the creation of fat.
Benefits of White Mulberries
The benefits of white mulberry plant parts including mulberry extract are numerous if you include the historical uses. This article offers a small glimpse of how your overall health can benefit.
It is true that more studies need to be conducted that would only strengthen the case for white mulberry as a medicinal alternative. This seems to be a necessary step before it may be viewed with more legitimacy in certain Western countries, most notably the US.
Be that as it may, some doctors are confident in stating mulberry leaf and berries are effective for heart disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, controlling blood sugar, weight loss, boosting immunity and more.
Why White Mulberry Extract?
Organic, Pure White Mulberry Leaf has been used as a powerful health tonic in Asia for years, helping people maintain healthy levels of glucose in the blood and cardiovascular health. This superfood, featured on shows like the Dr Oz show, contains many antioxidants, vitamins and even compounds that inhibit sugar digestion, to lower calorie intake and promotes weight loss!
It’s mostly used as Mulberry Leaf Tea, Syrup or Powder, but BioGanix now offers Mulberry Leaves in convenient Vegetable Capsules, so go try them out today, while they are on discount..