Mulberry Leaves and Their Surprising Health Benefits
Mulberries which are naturally cultivated in Turkey has a lot of benefits for the health. Besides that, mulberry leaves contain more mysteries about the fruit. Mulberries accepted as antidiabetic since the leaves contain 1-deoxynojirimycin compound. Mulberries keep your blood sugar on the healthy levels and also contain strong antioxidants and cholesterol depressing compounds.
The researches showed that, mulberry leaves do not contain caffeine but contain high level of protein around 15%-28%. The leaves have calcium 25 times more than milk, 40 times more than cabbage; have iron 2.5 times more than green tea; 10 times more than spinach. At the same time mulberry leaves are rich in Vitamin A, B and C and compounds which help to burn fat.
In addition, the most surprising property of mulberry leaves is inhibiting sugar from mix with blood by the help of moranoline (1-Deoxynojirimycin / 1-DNJ).
The Compounds in Mulberry Leaves and Their Benefits for the Health
GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid): protects blood pressure.
1-DNJ: controls blood sugar levels.
Phytosterols: helps to reduce cholesterol in blood vessels.
Flavonoids: are great antioxidants.
Quercetin: is good for your liver.
Vitamin A: is good for healthy eyes.
Vitamin B1: is good for skin and muscular tonus.
VitaminB2: for digestion and muscular functions.
Vitamin C: prevention of illness.
How to consume Mulberry Leaves?
Mulberry leaf can be consumed in salads. Dried mulberry leaves may be added in meals and soups or you can brew dried mulberry leaves just like green tea.
It is not suggested use of mulberry leaves for the pregnant women, people has low blood sugar or allergenic to mulberries.