Do you remember too to have munched on delicious and juicy shahtoot berries hanging from trees in school, or on your way back home? Back then, they simply meant yummy, juicy fruits that grew willd, tasted divine and stained our fingers with a purple hue. Shahtoot or mulberries are commonly found berries in India and are popular for their sweet flavor. You will be surprised to know that a number of recent reasearches have thrown light on their impressive nutritional profile and numerous health benefits. They are said to be an excellent source of nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, flavonoids, phytonutrients, flavonoids etc. Mulberries are believed to be a great tonic for the liver and are said to improve hepatic health. Whether consumed raw or in dried form, mulberries provide nutrition to the body.
2. Improve liver health
Mulberries are said to be greatly benificial for liver and kidneys. Eating mulberries on a regular basis not only cleanses our blood but also helps in breaking down fats and filtering out toxins. According to various studies, certain compounds found in mulberries have a beneficial effect on liver health. Eat a handful of fresh berries daily for best results. You can also have dried berries which are benificial too.
3. Nutritional facts
Mulberries contain 88% water and only 60 calories per cup with 9.8% carbs, 1.7% fiber, 1.4% protein and 0.4% fat.
4. Improve immune system
Mulberries contain alkaloids that activate macrophages which in turn keep the immune system alert against health threats. Vitamin C present in these berries is also an immunity strengthening element. Add a few mulberries to your morning snack and just see the magic.
5. Good for eyes
Like carrots, mulberries are also known for their amazing benefits for the eyes. They contain zeaxanthin, which helps in reducing oxidative stress on cells of the eye, and prevents excessive damage. Mulberries also contain important carotenoid compounds which help in preventing cataract and diseases like macular degeneration.
6. Stabilizes blood sugar level
The compounds in mulberries help in keeping a check on blood sugar levels by breaking down the sugar in the gut and allowing them to get absorbed slowly into the blood.
7. Promote brain health
Mulberries are loaded with antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin E that help in preventing our neurological system from the oxidative damage caused by free radicals. They also provide the calcium needs for the brain, which plays an important role in keeping our brain healthy. They are an excellent treatment to keep cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s at bay.
8. Prevent cancer
Mulberries are an excellent source of antioxidants and phytonutrients that help to prevent free radical damage on cells, thus, keeping cancer at bay.
9. How to incorporate mulberries into your diet
– Eat the mulberry fruit raw, or dry
– Make tonics and syrups with mulberries
– Drink mulberry tea/juice
10. How to select and store
– Avoid those that are bruised, bleeding or sunken.
– Avoid the ones pale in color.
– Store dried ones in airtight containers.
11. Side effects of mulberries
– Being rich in potassium can cause complications for those suffering from kidney disorders.
– Eating excessively can drop blood sugar level to a dangerously low level.
– Mulberries can cause allergic skin reactions like rashes, itching, and swelling.
– Some people experience hallucinations after consuming mulberries.
– Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid.
12. Facts about mulberries
– Mulberry leaves grow in bunches called ‘drupes’.
– Mulberries are produced after 10 years of its plantation.
– It’s leaves have been used by ancient Romans to treat ailments like mouth, trachea and lung infections.