The Medicinal Uses of the Mulberry Leaf

Mulberryis the name given to numerous species of deciduous trees in a genus of flowering plants in the family Moracae. The tree is found in temperate and subtropical regions of Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. The tree is swift growing in its youth, but subsequently slows down and rarely exceeds 10-15 meters. The ripe fruit comes in different colors and is quite edible. The red and black mulberries are the most palatable, but the white mulberry is inedible. In compensation, the leaves of the white mulberry tree are rich in many nutritious chemicals and compounds, and its extract has medicinal uses.

Japanese scientists found a number of active compounds in the white mulberry leaf extract that promoted health. The extract is a strong anti-oxidant and has been shown to be effective in inhibiting the breakdown of LDL cholesterol, a process that otherwise can lead to the formation of life-threatening atherosclerotic plaque.

Mulberry leaves contain a number of nutrients including proteins, sugars, polyphenols, flavonoids, steroids, triterpenes, vitamins, and minerals. The chemicals that are believed to be responsible for exerting the anti-oxidant effect are isoquercitrin andastragalin. Isoquercitrin breaks down during metabolism to quercetin, an even stronger anti-oxidant, which is responsible for the majority of the anti-oxidant effects of mulberry leaf extract.

In China, mulberry leaves have been used for centuries in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The extract acts by reducing the postprandial rise of blood sugar. More recently, Japanese researchers discovered that certain nitrogen-containing sugars in mulberry-leaf extract, especially one called 1-deoxynojirimycin, strongly inhibited the intestinal metabolism of disaccharides (especially sucrose), thereby restricting the amounts of monosaccharides that can enter the circulation after a meal.

The dose required for optimal antiglycemic action are high on the order of 35 grams a day,
nevertheless, the results compelled the scientists to declare that the extract might be beneficial in preventing human diabetes by suppressing intestinal alpha-glucosidase activities

More recently, researchers in India demonstrated that mulberry leaf extract inhibits the oxidative degradation of red cell membranes in diabetics. The degradation of lipids in red blood cells is one of the many destructive metabolic effects of diabetes. Mulberry not only reduced that harmful process, it also significantly reduced patients’ total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, and triglycerides, while significantly increasing their HDL-cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, the “good cholesterol”).

Recently, the Internet marketing company E-Helps released an herbal sleep compound called Biodream that contains mulberry. The herbal formula is purported to enhance sleep by regulating the flow of Qi in the 12 acupuncture meridians Each of the 12 herbal ingredients of BioDream targets one of the 12 meridians. By tonifying the meridians, the compound will increase the flow of Qi, (blood energy), in the body, stabilize the sleep wake cycle and produce more satisfying sleeps. As a strong protector of the blood flow, mulberry leaves were a natural choice for the compound.

BioDream is being sold via a five tier affiliate marketing plan, so that people taking the herbal supplement can actually amass wealth while gaining refreshing sleep. The company is so confident that people who try the compound will love it that they are giving away free trial packets, which they will ship at no cost to anywhere in the continental United States.

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