Black mulberries (scientific name: Morus Nigra) is a berry that come from the tree Morus Alba. They taste sweet, much like grapes. These are likely eaten in many parts of the world as fresh and dried forms. These are also made into wine, jam, fruit juice, tea, or canned food. Many people may not be aware of their nutritional benefits. So, let’s discussed how these berries benefits you.
100 grams of fresh black mulberries have following nutrients:
- Calories: 43
- Water: 88%
- Protein: 1.4 grams
- Carbs: 9.8 grams
- Sugar: 8.1. grams
- Fiber: 1.7 grams
- Fat: 0.4 grams
Health benefits of Black Mulberry
Just like vegetables, black mulberries are rich in dietary fibers which help us to digest the food. The fibers are both soluble in the form of pectin and insoluble in the form of lignin. Thus, reducing the occurrence of constipation, cramping and bloating. Healthy digestion also helps in weight loss.
As these berries are rich in iron, which is the main component in blood formation, so their intake helps the body to make red blood cells. Thus, improves the blood flow, cleanse the blood and controls the blood pressure. The antioxidant present in these mulberries relaxes the blood vessels and prevent the blood to clot, thus reducing the risks of stroke and heart attack.
Black mulberries have antioxidants, anthocyanins, polyphenolic and phytonutrient compounds that help in stopping the growth and spread of tumors, thus protecting your body from cancer. Moreover, antioxidants act as a shield against the free radicals which are dangerous for the healthy cells and can mutate into cancerous ones. So, if you want to protect your body from cancer, start eating black mulberry.
Like carrots, these mulberries are rich in vitamin A, which is a very essential component for the eyesight. It also protects our eyes from free radicals, due to presence of a carotenoid, zeaxanthin, that protects the eyes from retinal degradation.
Reduce Bad Cholesterol
Regular intake of black mulberries (mulberry leaf tea/powder) can reduce the LDL (bad) cholesterol level and increase HDL (good) cholesterol level. Thus, results into prevention from all sorts of cardiovascular problems.
Vitamin C is one of the essential components in building your immunity. Thus, it fights against foreign pathogens and infections making you strong from inside. These help to activate macrophages through the alkaloids present in them and these macrophages keeps the immune system alert.
Black mulberries have resveratrol in it which induce anti-inflammatory properties. These also have anthocyanins that help preventing inflammation. Studies have also shown that mulberry leaf tea can be used to reduce the inflammatory pain.
All in all, one can fulfill their nutritional needs by just enjoying the intake of black mulberries and spend a healthy life. So, use them in moderation and monitor your bodies reaction if using first time.