1. Used for centuries around the world, research confirms mulberry leaf to be one of the most effective herbs for balancing blood sugar, reducing inflammation, and improving various risk factors associated with diabetes and heart disease.
2. Studies show mulberry leaf supports heart and circulatory health, inhibits growth of cancer cells, and improves muscle mitochondrial function and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and anxiety.
3. The high nutritional content of vitamins, minerals, fiber, amino acids, antioxidants, flavonoids, and anti-inflammatory properties of mulberry leaf have been shown to support a healthy immune system, healthy gastrointestinal function, and much more.
Herb: Mulberry Leaf
Latin name: Morus Alba (White Mulberry)
Family: Moraceae (Mulberry Family)
Additional names: Sang Ye, The Immortal Mountain Wizard, Silkworm Mulberry, The Tree of Life
The White Mulberry, scientifically known as Morus Alba, is one of five different types of mulberry tree. Its origins span from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and throughout India. This tree has been utilized as a healing food ingredient and as a traditional medicine to restore health for over 3,000 years. Commonly known as the food source for silkworms, the mulberry leaf is considered one of the oldest herbs used by man. (1)(2)
Overwhelming scientific evidence found at top medical institutions in the United States, India, France, and throughout Asia supports mulberry leaf to be one of the most powerful natural herbal supplements and a potent solution to many chronic health conditions like diabetes. (3)(4)
Its high content of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants assist to prevent and improve health conditions associated with diabetes and cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, and skin disorders, to name a few. Additionally, studies show the cultivation of mulberry promotes a promising future in health and environmental sustainability through its use in medical applications, animal husbandry, and bio-fuel production, to name a few. (1)(5)
Diabetes is a debilitating illness that impacts 12% of the US population and over 600 million individuals world-wide, not including un-diagnosed cases. The powerful active ingredient in mulberry leaf called Moranoline or 1-Deoxynojirimycin / 1-DNJ is backed by scientific evidence to naturally assist in the battle of this worldwide pandemic known as diabetes. By preventing the absorption of excess carbohydrates in the intestinal tract while sustaining liver glucose homeostasis, 1-DNJ effectively reduces blood sugar and insulin levels. (1)(6)(7)(8)(9)
Research also confirms that mulberry leaf reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes by naturally improving metabolic glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, and suppressing the elevation of postprandial blood glucose. Studies show how mulberry leaf can naturally prevent excess sugar from entering the bloodstream more effectively than medications used to treat Type 2 diabetes can. (10)(11)(12)(13)(14)(15)
In 2017, two studies evaluated the use of mulberry leaf on individuals with Type 2 diabetes. One study concluded that after three months, subjects who took the mulberry leaf had a lower HgbA1C. In the second study, subjects were given concentrated starch followed by a mulberry leaf supplement. Normally, a high dose of starch would skyrocket blood sugar. However, those who were given a mulberry leaf extract supplement had significantly lower blood sugar and insulin levels compared to the placebo group. (16)(17)
Science has shown that Mulberry Leaf Naturally:
Can one herb really have so many health benefits? Research shows YES! Mulberry leaf extract improves heart health by reducing cholesterol and blood pressure levels, decreasing inflammation, and enhancing circulatory health while assisting to prevent atherosclerosis, which can lead to heart disease. (1)(6)(18)
Among many studies, scientists in Japan confirmed mulberry leaf’s active ingredient, 1-DNJ, supports healthy blood lipid levels and effectively suppresses the buildup of cholesterol-rich plaque in the arteries. (15)(19)(20)(21)
Mulberry leaf is shown to also improve muscle mitochondrial function and, with the heart containing the most mitochondria cells in the body, that is good news for this beloved organ! Thanks to mulberry leaf’s high nutritional content, including flavonoids such as resveratrol, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), and quercetin, it actively promotes smooth muscle recuperation and improves heart, blood vessel, and circulatory health. (1)(22)(23)
Research shows mulberry leaf’s high levels of antioxidants, flavonoids, polyphenols, alkaloids, and anti-inflammatory properties not only protect liver cells from damage but also assist to reduce the growth of cancer cells. (1)(24)(25)(26)(27)
In addition, research confirms that mulberry leaf contains a viable amount of both fiber and chlorophyll, which are essential for healthy digestion and brain function. Fiber plays a major health role in keeping the digestive tract flowing while optimizing the function of the good bacteria in the gut. And nearly identical to our own blood, chlorophyll delivers an oxygenating energy transfusion into our bloodstream, providing our cells with long-lasting vitality. (28)(29)
Mulberry leaf has been found to improve skin disorders and promote healthy weight management, making it a viable solution for treatment of obesity. Science continues to reveal promising research results for neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and anxiety as well. (1)(30)(31)(32)(33)(34)(35)(36)(37)
Due to mulberry leaf’s high nutritional content, it is considered a health-boosting, nutrient-dense “superfood.” Research supports that mulberry leaf’s natural compounds, such as 1-deoxynojirimycin (DNJ), GABA, phytosterol, quercetin, and resveratrol, promote healthy blood sugar levels, maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improve liver function, and reduce inflammatory proteins that can lead to chronic diseases such as cancer. (1)(39)(40)
Additionally, mulberry leaf contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B9, E, and C, which provide support for mitochondrial energy production, eye health, body immunity, tissue repair, and healthy skin. Mulberry leaf also contains calcium, iron, phosphorous, and magnesium. These nutrients improve bone health and offset the effects of osteoporosis. (1)(7)(9)
It’s true that we don’t know the full healing potential of this herb, but many expect that before the end of the 21st century, the use of mulberry-based products for combating many health issues will increase tremendously.
In traditional medicine, the leaves, fruit, and bark are used in various forms, due to their essential nutrient content. The most common way to use it is to brew the leaves as a herbal tea beverage. However, due to the increased research and popularity of mulberry leaf’s health benefits, it can also be easily found in dietary supplements. (39)
Please keep in mind that not all supplements are the same. The quality and sourcing of the mulberry leaf, and/or extract, varies between manufactures. Choosing professional grade supplements that have been manufactured in FDA approved facilities and provide Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) can help ensure quality. (41)
Taking mulberry leaf with diabetes medication may cause blood sugar levels to drop too low. If you are considering trying mulberry leaf while on medication, it is recommended that you monitor your blood sugar levels and speak to your health care provider before making any changes to your medication. (38)
Although rare, there have been individuals who experienced some bloating or laxative effects while taking mulberry leaves. If this occurs, stop taking mulberry leaf and consult with your trusted healthcare professional. (38)
What a healing gift! It is not every day we meet an herb that has so much scientific backed health benefits like mulberry leaf. Known for balancing blood sugar and reducing cholesterol, mulberry leaf’s medicinal spectrum extends far into the reaches of our wellness. What is so interesting is how the Mulberry Tree was central to life in ancient times, both in the East and West. Legends dating back thousands of years referenced the mulberry tree as “The Tree of Life,” and its leaves as “The Immortal Mountain Wizard,” as it contains the ideal ingredients for generating health, balance, strength, and vitality.
The diversity of the Mulberry Tree continues to show how vital this herb is, especially in this era of helping to heal chronic health conditions. It also showcases its unique future benefits due to its sustainable ability to be cultivated in various forms. Mulberry leaves are truly the “Herb of the Era.”
M. Moriah Mor, a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, is the owner of GreenSilk.com. The company is committed to helping individuals live a healthier lifestyle through education, nutrition, the research of life science, and the development of Professional High-Grade Premium health products.
Recognized for her outstanding dedication and contributions to the health and wellness industry for more than 18 years, Moriah is a graduate of the Energetic Health Institute and the University of Southern California. Her interest is focused on researching the latest scientific breakthroughs in the holistic health field. She is currently working toward her Doctorate in Natural Medicine.
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(26) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1110863013000578 HepG2
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