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   Jul 02

It is claimed that mulberries are rich in plant compounds that may help protect against various chronic conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

New Delhi: People with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can have high blood sugar or hyperglycemia, which is a major concern. While diabetes has no cure, treatment along with a healthy lifestyle can help manage the condition. Research has shown that some complementary therapies such as herbs and spices can help control high blood sugar and lower the risk of complications this disease can cause. In fact, Ayurveda recommends taking Morus indica (mulberry) leaves to lower the blood sugar level. It is claimed that mulberries are rich in plant compounds that may help protect against various chronic conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Mulberries – the fruits of the mulberry trees – are increasingly gaining popularity across the world owing to its impressive health benefits. With their sweet flavour and high nutritional value, the colourful mulberry fruit can be eaten fresh or dried. Fresh mulberries are high in water and low in calories. They are packed full of fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They are a rich source of Vitamin C and iron, as well as contain decent amounts of Vitamins E and K, and potassium.

How mulberries may help lower blood sugar and treat diabetes

It is claimed that the compound 1-deoxynojirimycin (DNJ) in mulberries can inhibit an enzyme in your gut that breaks down carbs. Hence, mulberries may be beneficial for people with diabetes by slowing down the rise in blood sugar especially after a meal.

Several studies done in animals suggested that white mulberry may help fight diabetes. For instance, a report published in Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine in 2013 showed that treatment with white mulberry helped lower blood sugar levels in diabetic rats.

Additionally, a mall study published in Advances in Medical Sciences in 2017 reported that a single dose of mulberry leaf extract taken with a meal decreases digestion and absorption in participants. The powdered leaves of white mulberry are commonly used in herbal medicine. It is claimed that white mulberry contains some chemicals that work in a similar way to some drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes and help the body maintain normal blood sugar levels.

Animal studies also suggest that mulberries and mulberry extract have the potential to reduce excess fat and lower cholesterol levels, while also improving the ratio between LDL (bad) and HDL (good) cholesterol. They may also help prevent fatty liver disease and lower the risk of cancer.

Dosage and side effects of mulberries

In diabetes, one gram of white mulberry powdered leaf may be taken three times daily, as per WebMD.

Mulberries are packed with nutrients, which are all important for creating a healthy diet, and have a myriad of health benefits. However, it can cause allergic reactions in some people sensitive to birch pollen. Since mulberries are known to lower blood sugar, it can cause hypoglycemia. Hence, it’s important to watch for signs of hypoglycemia and monitor blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and take this herbal medicine. Also, people who have kidney stones or gall bladder complaints would want to avoid mulberries.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

Source: Times Now News

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