If you haven’t yet heard of White Mulberries, botanical name Morus alba, you probably will. They have recently been getting a lot of attention including an over-the-top proclamation from Dr Oz that these berries will “change peoples’ lives.” !!
You will be happy to know, that there is indeed some science behind these amazing claims. (People, at least here in Chicago, LOVE Dr Oz, and that gives him a lot to live up to, right?) I decided to delve into the science on White Mulberries to examine what some of the well-documented benefits are.
First, lets look at some of the research that has been done on the potential health benefits of the White Mulberries, the actual fruiting berries. (There is other research done on the leaves for some of the same benefits.) If you want to see an abstract of these studies visit http://www.pubmed.gov and search for the PMID listed. These are just a few of the most interesting studies done on Whilte Mulberries
- The juice of the Mulberry fruit may be useful in the prevention of foodborne viral infection.PMID:24350883
- Pyrrole alkaloids from the fruit have been shown to activate macrophages, an important part of the immune system.PMID:23164765
- Researchers identified a number of antioxidant stilbene compounds in White Mulberries, including resveratrol, oxyresveratrol, and mulberroside A. PMID:24023529
- Researchers have also examined the antidabetic and antioxidant effects of a number of phenolic phytochemicals PMID:23936259
- Another study indicated that the anthocyanins from White Mulberries fruit prevented diabetes in Zucker diabetic fatty rats. PMID:24137248
In just this handful of studies, you can start to see that these little berries have an amazing amount of antioxidant and health-giving potential. They appear to be able to active macrophage immune cells and may have anti-aging and cell-protective abilities. To add to the total package, the dried berries taste delicious! They can really satisfy the sweet tooth of even the most jaded junk food junkie.
(DISCLAIMER : This writer does not condone animal testing. In doing research, we are forced to consider the results of animal testing because it is still valid and relevant. However, many of these same studies could be done in human volunteers or using in vivo modeling if the scientific system at present wasn’t dead set on continuing to use animal-testing as a mainstay of research. I believe in my heart of hearts that one day we will progress beyond this methodology.)