Mulberries are succulent, tart and sweet berry fruit native to the warm, temperate regions of Asia, Africa and America. They are obtained from the mulberry tree belonging to the Moraceae family that is used to feed silkworms for the silk industries, making them a valuable commodity economically. But more than just a food for silkworms, mulberries are also eaten for its amazing health benefits. They are rich in vitamins, mineral and antioxidants, and are a good source, of choline, dietary fiber, flavonoids, iron, protein, potassium, resveratrol, riboflavin and vitamin C.
The following are some of the amazing health benefits of eating this delicious, fleshy, succulent fruit.
- Prevents Cancer and Other Diseases. Mulberries are rich in anthocyanins, phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals that can potentially combat cancer, bacterial infections, diabetes, inflammation and neurological diseases.
- Lowers Stroke Risk. This fruit also contains resveratrol, an antioxidant capable of altering the blood vessels’ molecular mechanism and reducing their susceptibility to damage, thereby providing protection against stroke.
- Strengthens the Immune System. The berries are a good source of vitamin C, also a powerful antioxidant. It helps the body deal with harmful free radicals and resists infectious viruses and bacteria.
- Protects the Eyes. Mulberries contain zea-xanthin, a dietary carotenoid that concentrates in the retina area, providing retinal protection against the UV rays of the sun.
- Improves Blood Circulation. Mulberry is one of the few berries that contain iron, a component of red blood cells’ hemoglobin. Having the right amount of iron in the body can improve the blood’s oxygen-carrying capacity.
- Promotes Healthy Heart Rate and Blood Pressure. These berries are an excellent source of manganese, magnesium and especially potassium, an essential component of body fluids and cells which help control blood pressure and heart rate.
- Improves Metabolism. Mulberries contain good amounts of nutrients that help the body breaks down carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Among those are vitamin K, vitamin B-6, folic acid, niacin and riboflavin.
- Relieves Constipation. The high fiber content of these berries cleans up the intestines and the colon, making them a great remedy for constipation.
- Helps Keep Cholesterol low. Mulberries are low in cholesterol, saturated fat and sodium. And, as mentioned earlier, they help the body in the metabolism of carbs and fats.
- Relieves Arthritic Pain. The berries are rich in antioxidants, which possess anti-inflammatory properties, relieving arthritic pain.
Mulberries are nutrient-dense fruit widely available in grocers. So, instead of munching on unhealthy snacks, open a pack of dried mulberries instead. It is very convenient for breakfast on the go.