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Benefits of Mulberry Plant - Morus Alba Leaves and Mulberries for Health

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Table Of Contents

  • Origin And General Information
  • Some Uses Of Mulberry Plant
  • Some Traditional Uses Of Mulberry
  • Health Benefits Of Mulberry
  • Nutrients In Mulberry
  • Nutritional Levels In Mulberry
  • Mulberry Leaves
  • Mulberry Tea
  • Some Of My Other Healthy Foods hubs
  • Other Hubs On Mulberry
  • Videos


Origin & General Information

Mulberries are called 'Shahtoot' in India.

Mulberries are the delicious, tart, sweet and succulent fruits of the trees belonging to the Genus Morus.

About 10 to 16 species of the Morus tree yield mulberries of which 3 species of economic importance are recognised and they are:

  • White mulberry tree - Morus alba, a native of eastern and central China.
  • Red mulberry tree - Morus rubra, a native of eastern United States.
  • Black mulberry tree - Morus nigra, a native of western Asia.

Mulberries, now are grown the world over. The mulberry plant is a rapid grower initially and slows down later. The tree is 35 to 50 feet tall.

The mulberry fruit is not a single fruit but a composite fruit, as the entire inflorescence develops into a fruit. When unripe the mulberries are white, green or pale yellow with the edges pink. When mature they can be white to red to dark purple, almost black in colour.

The white mulberry fruit is actually white to pink when mature. The darker variety of fruit has a stronger flavour than the white variety.

Some Uses Of Mulberry Plant

Mulberries are eaten as fruit and also used to make, juices, sauces, muffins, cakes, cookies,tarts, pies,cordial. wines, ice creams, smoothies, yogurt etc Jam, and sherbets are also made from black, red and white mulberries.

Mulberry leaves are the only source of food for silkworms. Cocoons are used for making silk.

The mulberry fruit & leaves are sold in other forms as health supplements. Mulberry fruits are also used to extract the colourful pigments, anthocyanins which are used as natural food colours.


Some Traditional Uses of The Mulberry Plant

In India, the leaves serve as food for cattle & goats, the pruned shoots are used as firewood.

The wood is used in making scaffolding, furniture, panellings, plywood, toys, sports goods.
Some parts of the wood are used to make carriages and carts.

The branches of the mulberry tree are used to make baskets.

Paper is made from the bark of the stem of the Morus alba tree.

Health Benefits Of Mulberries

In ayurvedic medicines, various parts of the mulberry plant are used.

  • From the leaves, a gargle is prepared for throat infections.
  • The fruits are used in fever, depression, and sore throat as they are cooling.
  • The root bark is used as purgative and anthelmintic.
  • The juice of the root is used to treat high blood pressure.
  • Chinese use the tips of the young leaves to make a tea to control blood pressure.
  • The latex is used as a plaster for sores and in skin creams.
  • Mulberries reduce cholesterol, prevent blood clots, heart palpitations etc.
  • Mulberries aid in weight loss, build immunity, benefit the digestive system and eyesight, relieve constipation and enhance appetite and checks anaemia.
  • they benefit hair growth, soothe the nerves, relieve tiredness and fatigue.
  • Mulberries benefits in gastritis, hepatitis dizziness and insomnia.
  • Mulberries control excessive thirst, relieve phlegm, purifies the blood.
  • Consuming mulberries during the hot season benefits in blood disorders and has a cooling effect on the body.
  • The excessive yellowness of the urine is controlled by consuming mulberry juice to which sugar has been added.
  • In mouth ulcers and enlarged glands, gargle with a solution of mulberry sherbet. Add 1 tsp of mulberry sherbet to a cup of water to make this water solution.

Nutrients In Mulberry

Mulberries are a literal powerhouse of nutrition. They are very rich in Vitamins B,C,K and the element iron. Good levels of fiber, riboflavin, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, potassium and calcium are also found in mulberries.

Also they are an excellent source of the antioxidants resveratrol, zeaxanthin, lutein,and to a lesser extent the alpha & beta carotene.

Nutritional Levels In Mulberry

,Mulberry (Morus nigra .L), Fresh, raw 

Nutrition Value per 100 g,

 

(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

 

Principle

Nutrient Value

Percentage of RDA

Energy

43 Kcal

2%

Carbohydrates

9.80 g

7.50%

Protein

1.44 g

2.50%

Total Fat

0.39 g

2%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

1.7 g

4.50%

Vitamins

 

 

Folates

6 mcg

1.50%

Niacin

0.620 mg

4%

Pyridoxine

0.050 mg

4%

Riboflavin

0.101 mg

8%

Vitamin A

25 IU

1%

Vitamin C

36.4 mg

61%

Vitamin E

0.87 mg

6%

Vitamin K

7.8 mcg

6.50%

Electrolytes

 

 

Sodium

10 mg

0.75%

Potassium

194 mg

4%

Minerals

 

 

Calcium

39 mg

4%

Copper

60 mcg

6.50%

Iron

1.85 mg

23%

Magnesium

18 mg

4.50%

Selenium

0.6 mcg

1%

Zinc

0.12 mg

1%

Phyto-nutrients

 

 

Carotene--ß

9 mcg

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Carotene, ?

12 mcg

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Lutein-zeaxanthin

136 mcg

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Mulberry Leaves

Mulberry Leaves

  • Mulberry leaves are rich in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamins, B, C and K.
  • They also contain antioxidants particularly the anthocyanins and the flavonoids quercetin and kaempferol.
  • The leaves contain 18 amino acids.

Mulberry Tea

The mulberry tea is caffeine free and made from mulberry leaves.

Mulberry tea maybe slightly laxative, controls inflammations of the mucus membranes of the respiratory tract. The tea relieves colds, coughs, throat infections, inflammations of the eyes, liver and lung problems, supposed to prevent oxidation of cholesterol consequently keeping the arteries free of fat deposits and hence hardening of arteries.

Preparation of Mulberry Tea

Boil about 200 - 250 ml water and take it off the heat. Add 1 tsp of mulberry leaf powder or 1 tea bag. Let it steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain and drink. It might taste sweet to bitter.
This tea can be taken 2-3 times a day.

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Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Ambreen on April 11, 2015:

hi I m from pakistan and I have a mulberry tree in my home but I never eat the fruit from now after reading the information I start to eat thankx to give us information

peachy from Home Sweet Home on November 28, 2014:

my mother in law planted this tree and it grew very tall before it bear fruits. She used to pluck and eat them but non of us wanted to try the fruit. You know why? Because she used to water this tree with my son's urine!

bharat on April 02, 2014:

thanks for information.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 16, 2013:

@Roy-thanks for reading and hope you find this fruit soon.

@Tiffany-thanks reading and commenting.

Tiffany park on June 16, 2013:

Wow I had passed a Mulberry tree yesterday ( but I didn't know it at the time) and I picked one of the fruits and said to myself," I wonder what kind of fruit this is. It isn't a blueberry or anything else I've seen before. I'll have to look it up." But today I open my google+ and the information has been here sitting waiting for me. Thank you. You saved me some research.:)

Roy Kladaric on June 16, 2013:

Thank you so much for a lot of information on mulberry fruit, I remember as a chilled in my country Croatia eating this things like there is no tomorrow ...but in Australia I haven't had a pleasure of seeing a tree anywhere yet...to know now how much has this fruit got of goodness I must brows my local supermarket to see what's available . If not I'll be on the line...thank you again...Cheers...Roy...

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 15, 2012:

Thanks for reading, naimishika.

Venugopaal from India on June 15, 2012:

I like mulberry. Thanks for sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 10, 2012:

Great to note you found it interesting. I'm sure you'll find the taste amazing.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Rahul.

Thanks for sharing it too.

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on June 10, 2012:

This was very useful and interesting!

i have never tried but now... I am in

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 10, 2012:

roop kumar, I have not found any reference to this. However the fruit relieves sore throat so may be you can start consuming mulberry fruit. Do consult you doctor before you do this.

Thanks for reading the hub.

roop kumar garibdasani on June 06, 2012:

my voice is choked from last 3 months. I had allopathy even in appollo dactor said nothing is there.give rest to your voice and you willb alright. but no result. then icontact to homeo but little improvement was there. one of my friend suggested me to take mulburry leaves 6to 7 leav3e4s boiled in half letere water when it remains half cup then drink it. it will impove your voice because it is due to sinus. plz suggest me may i take or not.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 27, 2012:

Dex, I hope you continue to enjoy improved health. Thanks for being here. You always make your visit special by leaving comments in your own inimitable style. Thank you.

Dexter Yarbrough from United States on January 26, 2012:

Rajan! Thanks to you my knowledge (and my health) continues to increase and get better! Thanks for sharing your willingness to educate. You do it so very well!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 25, 2012:

Ruchira, many times we have to eat foods we normally would forego because we do not like them. But if we eat them because of their health value, we stand to benefit. If my hub has helped you in this regard, I'm honoured.

Thanks for the read.

Ruchira from United States on January 25, 2012:

Mother nature sure has given us in abundance. This is not my favorite fruit but it's many uses has made me think of liking it.

Thank you rajan.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 25, 2012:

Veronica, thanks for the read and it's nice to know that you found it informative. I appreciate and value your comments. Thanks for all the votes.

Nice to have a new reader.

Veronica Roberts from Ohio, USA on January 25, 2012:

How interesting. I had no idea that mulberries are so rich in nutrients, and that they are so beneficial! Thank you for sharing.

The layout of the hub is very well done, too!

Voted up, useful, & interesting.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 25, 2012:

Deborah, thanks for appreciating and bookmarking the hub and the share. I appreciate your visit.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 25, 2012:

@ Eiddwen - Thanks for stopping by and you have a good day too.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on January 25, 2012:

This is a great hub. I am book marking this and sending it to my friend.. thanks for sharing

debbie

Eiddwen from Wales on January 25, 2012:

A great hub and thank you for sharing.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.