Wow! I need to catch my breath for a moment...When I began this journey; I had a fundamental understanding of nutrition, but no way did I believe we had such a wealth of health benefits at our finger tips. This bounty of nutritious food is a delicious way to get your "ounce of prevention".
If you have been following these blogs you will have noticed that there has been some repetition regarding the benefits of eating fruit. Fruit flesh, in general, is full of vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and a host of good stuff; so it would make sense that they would support good health is a similar fashion. What makes all this so fascinating to me is how there is also unique properties in each fruit to make them specially suited to combat specific ailments of the human body, and mulberries are no exception.
Mulberries are an excellent source of iron, which is rare among berries, which is a component of hemoglobin inside the red blood cells that determines the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood.
Mulberries are composed of phyto-nutrient compounds such as antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. They are high in phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals called anthocyanins. These provide benefits in combating aging, neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes and bacterial infections.
Mulberries contain resveratrol. Resveratrol protects against stroke by altering molecular mechanisms in the blood vessels; reducing damage by limiting the activity of angiotensin, which causes blood vessels to constrict and increases nitric oxide, a vasodilator.
Mulberries contain zea-xanthin, a carotenoid that concentrates into the retinal macula lutea and protects the retina from ultraviolet ray damage.
Mulberries are a good source of potassium, manganese, and magnesium; important in controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
Mulberries are rich in B-complex vitamins and vitamin K, including B-6, niacin, riboflavin and folic acid. These function as co factors in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
Tom Fetch 1-19-2015
The information I am sharing is from a multitude of sources, and cultures over a wide time span. Neither L. E. Cooke Co. nor I as a representative assume any liability concerning the efficacy of the information shared. We do not suggest that any dietary protocols discussed are to replace conventional medical treatment or guarantee any results by their practice. We are nurserymen, not MDs, and proud of the trees we grow and the enhancements to life they provide.