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Antioxidant activity of Morus Alba (white Mulberries)

November 1st, 2012 by

 This super fruit has always been under marketed but its antioxidant potential naturally sweet, vanilla aroma should not be underestimated.

History:

White Mulberries (morus alba), native to China, India & Turkey

Do you remember that song, “Here we go around the Mulberry bush”? That song was referring to the North American purple Mulberry, with its tart flavors and a history of going into deliciously sweet pies that your grandmother used to make. Those Mulberries are native to this country and continue to grow in back years, staining the streets (and most likely your hands) with their purple blue hues.

The White Mulberry (morus alba), featured in our line of Organic products, was originally native to China but then brought all over the world where silk was cultivated before finally settling into commercial production in Turkey. Unlike the aforementioned purple variety, the white variety is sweet with a hint of vanilla. And also unlike the purple variety, white Mulberries are consumed for their health benefits.

Health Benefits of White Mulberries (morus alba):

White Mulberries have always been used in traditional medicine in Asia and India for controlling insulin levels in those who are Diabetic , have high blood pressure, hyperglycemia, heart disease, or high cholesterol, nourish the blood, treat anemia, and to fight fatigue. Mulberries possess excellent free radical scavenging ability and have shown antiviral and antimicrobial effects, contributing to a healthier overall body.

White Mulberries contain beta-sitosterol, which is normally used to treat heart disease and high cholesterol. Although it is not an essential nutrient, studies show that in conjunction with other sterols found it plants, it appears to block the absorption of cholesterol. Because of this, white Mulberries also appear to have infection reduction capabilities as

Purple Mulberries, native to the US and Europe

athletes take beta sitosterol for infections and to enhance performance.

According to Unbound Medicine, Morus Alba contain anthocyanins and may protect cells from neurotoxicity in a dose dependent manner and suggests that it may protect cells in Parkinson’s induced test models.

In another article published by PubMed.gov, it states that the entire Mulberry plant shows anti-cancer properties. However, the study was primary conducted on the leaves of the Mulberry plant.

These studies are ongoing and more studies should be conducted to further prove these claims. Mulberries should be eaten as a healthy supplementation to your diet and not in place of prescribed medications unless your doctor prescribes Morus Alba as alternative medication.

Uses:

It would be a shame to just eat Mulberries for their health benefits are they are one of the most delicious and naturally

Blueberry Mulberry “granola” with crushed Mulberries, Blues, and honey

sweet super fruits out there. With a sweet, almost vanilla-like aroma, this berry is slightly moist and chewy even when dried. Rich Nature white Mulberries are especially sweet and come from Turkey, where they’re normally eaten as they are for a healthy and delicious snack.

One of the greatest versatility of White Mulberry is that it can be ground into a flour, making it extremely ideal for raw recipes that call for such an ingredient, but without the gluten or the carbs! Make no mistake, this little berry does contain good carbs to give you energy, but no bad carbs for love handles.

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