We love mulberries here. We grow them in our own back yard and go foraging for mulberries around the neighborhood and in our families yards. Each year we give some new mulberry recipes a try like our mulberry syrup and mulberry jam. This year I want to make a mulberry cheesecake…. doesn’t that sound amazing? I have been teaching the kids about the benefits of several plants we use in our cooking and one of the children asked what are the benefits of mulberry? Well, I didn’t know so I had to pull out some of my books and dive deep into Google to find out exactly how mulberries are beneficial besides being a low sugar fruit for the kids to munch.
What are the benefits of mulberry
1 Prevent Cancer
Like other berries, mulberries are packed with antioxidants that help fight free radicals and cancer. A diet high in berries of all types has been shown to reduce cancer risk along with many other great health benefits. This is another great reason for switching your family to a whole foods diet is worth the investment. Foraging for mulberries is a great way to save money on a whole food diet.
2 Control blood sugar levels
We all know mulberries are not the sweetest berry out there. The lowered sweetness along with the antioxidants in mulberry can help reduce insulin spikes after eating them. This makes mulberry a great fruit to munch on when you want a snack without raising your blood sugar and the antioxidants can even help prevent damage to your pancreas helping you stay healthy. They are particularly useful to individuals with diabetes.
3 Help with your iron levels
I used to have a lot of issues with my iron. So much so a nurse once asked me how I was even sitting up when she tested my hemoglobin. Over the years I have learned to balance my diet with high iron foods, taking supplements like liquid chlorophyll, and of course, we made the switch to cast iron cookware. The night of our accident despite bleeding and being pregnant my iron tested at a normal level. Mulberries are high in iron making them a great addition to your diet if you suffer from anemia.
4 Mulberry is good for your heart
The antioxidant resveratrol that everyone talks about the benefits of in grapes and wine can be found in mulberries as well. These dark fruits are a great addition to your diet if you are looking for the heart benefits of resveratrol and when you grow or forage for them yourself you can get them for free. Good luck with finding free wine.
5 Boost your immune system
Let’s face it. The rate of illness is going up around our country. Why not make every effort to boost your immune system and keep your family healthy? Mulberries are packed with Vitamins A and C. Both of which have been proven to help boost the immune system. Vitamin A has even been proven to help fight off and prevent complications of the measles that is going around and has everyone in a panic over. Not bad for a plant that many of us have grown in so many places we can’t walk to the store without passing a mulberry bush or two.
6 Healthy vibrant skin
All of those powerful antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and E all work together in your diet to help keep your skin healthy and youthful while protecting your skin from sun damage. If you are looking to improve the health of your skin through your diet adding plenty of berries including mulberry to your diet can help achieve this.
7 Brain health
As the caregiver of a dementia patiant I have to admit brain health is a major concern of mine. The antioxidants in mulberries help fight the excessive oxidation that happens to our organs over time. One of those vital organs affected by excessive oxidation is the brain. Healthy diets that include plenty of foods to prevent excessive oxidation and feed the brain vital fats have been shown as possible factor5s in preventing dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.
8 Weight loss
Like other berries, mulberries are low on the glycemic index. Mulberries are packed with fiber that helps us feel full faster and longer reducing how much we eat and the high water content in mulberries is a great way to get more fluids into your diet helping achieve weight loss. Add the exercise of foraging for mulberries on your own and you get a great combination of factors to help you lose weight.
9 Natural food coloring
We prefer to avoid food dyes in our family to protect the children and my sanity as several have sensitivities that lead them to make there ADHD act up. Mulberries make an amazing purple food dye. This makes my Owl’s heart happy as she LOVES the color purple.