White mulberry is a herb that can grow anywhere. Its leaves are commonly used as a supplement and its fruit can be eaten raw or cooked.
White mulberry is native to China and is the food of silkworms. It was introduced into the United States in colonial times, during an attempt to establish a silk industry. The wood is very flexible and durable and has been used to make tennis rackets, hockey sticks, furniture, and boats.
White mulberry is often tried in order to help treat diabetes. It is also tried for treating high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, the common cold and its symptoms, muscle and joint pain such as from arthritis, constipation, dizziness, ringing in the ears, hair loss, and premature graying.
How does it work?
There are some chemicals in white mulberry that work in a similar way to some medicines used for type 2 diabetes. They slow the breakdown of sugars in the gut so that they are absorbed more slowly into the blood. This helps the body keep blood sugar levels in the desirable range.
White mulberry fruit can be eaten as a dried fruit or else taken as a leaf powder capsule.
Health Benefits of White Mulberry
White mulberry delivers many health benefits, however, the plant’s ability to lower blood sugar has attracted the most attention.
There are multiple health problems that arise when our body processes too much sugar (obesity, diabetes, inflammation). If a natural remedy can eliminate the excess sugar in our bloodstream, then that is certainly important news. Recent studies have shown that eating an extract of white mulberry does, in fact, help the body process sugar. In summary, there are chemical compounds in the white mulberry plant that prevent big spikes of sugar in our bloodstream after we eat a meal. One compound, in particular, DNJ (see below), has the ability to eliminate excess sugar from our blood. This is good news for all people concerned with blood-sugar levels and obesity, but it is especially helpful for those suffering from diabetes.
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