Mulberry trees in China are used to feed silkworms, but they can also be eaten by humans because they are beneficial to people’s health. When consumed, you will find mulberry fruits as succulent and tart fruit. More importantly, with every bite, you get numerous health benefits, especially from the flavonoids these fruits contain.
There are over 100 species of the plant and they are identified by the color of their leaves and flower buds – not by the color of the fruits. Mulberry fruits can be purple, red, white, or black. But whichever you consume, you will definitely benefit from the wealth of nutrients this fruit has.
Mulberries can be found in regions where there is warm climate, particularly in subtropical regions of the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Take a bite and get these health benefits:
- Mulberries are fleshy fruits that are not only delicious, but also low in calories. For every 100 grams of the fruit you consume, you only get 43 calories.
- These fruits have high amounts of anthocyanins, which are a type of phenolic flavonoid phytochemical. According to scientific studies, mulberries and other fruits that have anthocyanins have the potential to beat cancer. This fruit is also well-known for having the ability to fight neurological illnesses, aging, inflammation, bacterial infections, and diabetes.
- Mulberries also have resveratrol, which is a polyphenol flavonoid antioxidant that could protect you against high risks of stroke. This is done by means of changing the molecular mechanisms that are found in the blood vessels. As a result, these mechanisms have reduced susceptibility to destruction because there is less activity of a systemic hormone known as angiotensin. This hormone can cause the blood vessels to tighten, which leads to high blood pressure.
- The mulberry fruit is also rich in vitamin C, with at least 36 milligrams for every 100 gram serving. Vitamin C is one of the most powerful plant-based antioxidant that when consumed regularly can help the body become more resistant against infections. Additionally, vitamin C can help you counter inflammations, while the antioxidant scavenges free radicals.
- Aside from vitamin C, mulberries also have other vitamins, including A and E, which are also antioxidants. You can also find lutein, carotenoids, and zeaxanthin as the powerful compounds that can protect the body against reactive oxygen species (ROS). These species are responsible for some diseases and even aging.
You can snack on mulberries, but they are also great as part of your breakfast because of the nutrients they have, which can help you start your day right.