As is known to all, the fruit of a white mulberry tree is very tasty and juicy when it turns dark purple to black. When it comes to the appearance and taste, it resembles raspberry and black berries. It is worth mentioning that the mulberry tree leaves tea yields a variety of health benefits too. Yes, you read that correctly. That’s not a joke and the leaves of Morus alba that silkworms eat can be made into an herbal drink with many incredible benefits. Of course, sometimes other ingredients, such as nuts and black tea, are added to this tea to improve the flavor or functions.
In traditional Chinese medicine, the mulberry tea has been used as remedies for treating diabetes since ancient time. As an added bonus, its leaves are rich in antioxidants. So, how to make mulberry leaf tea? Actually, you can make tea with these leaves just like green tea or oolong tea. The steps are to add half a teaspoon of dried loose leaves in a cup, pour in the right amount of water, and wait about 8 minutes before drinking it. By the way, this cup of drink can be repeated for three times.
If you drink this tea regularly, you will enjoy its potential health benefits from fighting diabetes to helping weight loss. And here are the top 7 mulberry tea health benefits.
1. Lowering blood sugar. It contains 1-DNJ (1-Deoxinorjirimiycin), an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor. This special ingredient is not found in other animals and plants but mulberry leaves. A recent research, published in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, found that mulberry extract helps process glucose. And animal experiments found that this extract can increase glucose absorption in the adipocytes of diabetic rat. In vivo the increased glucose-processing capacity will lead to a stable blood sugar level. The researchers demonstrated that this effect is related to an antioxidant called gallic acid. However, further research is required on the hypoglycemic activity of mulberry tea.
2. Getting rid of acne and dark spots. Recent studies have shown that it is good for skin problems, especially for acne and dark spots on face. It is rich in flavonoids, phenols, amino acids, organic acids, carotene, vitamins and essential trace elements. These nutrients have a positive effect on improving and regulating the metabolism of skin tissue, especially on inhibiting the occurrence and development of pigmentation. In addition, regular consumption it can also help reduce the stagnation of lipofuscin (age spots) in the skin or internal organs.
3. Losing weight. Mulberry tea helps your weight loss efforts since it may fuel your body with healthy fiber, carbohydrates and protein. More importantly, it contains anti-aging and weight-loss friendly resveratrol, which is a natural antioxidant found in grapes, red wine, and some berries.
4. Reducing edema. This is because it has amazing diuretic effect. There are two meanings here for its diuresis. On the one hand, it promotes urination. On the other hand, it still drains excess water away from cells. So, it improves swelling by getting rid of excess fluids trapped in the tissues of your body.
5. Preventing atherosclerosis. Because mulberry leaf extract is rich in flavonoids, polyphenols and other antioxidants, it helps reduce the levels of the bad cholesterol (LDL Cholesterol) in rabbits and promote their vascular function. As these chemicals can be dissolved in water, mulberry tea may also contain the same beneficial compounds. However, so far scientists still aren’t quite sure whether or not it has the same role in human body.
6. Preventing capillaries from clogging. Hyperlipidemia tends to cause high blood viscosity, which makes the blood that flows through capillaries slow. Since capillaries are only 1/100 of your hair thick, they are easy to become clogged with fatty substances called plaques, or atheroma. In fact, both myocardial infarction and stroke are the result of clogged capillaries. Mulberry leaves contain flavonoids that strengthen capillaries and reduce blood viscosity. For that reason, it prevents myocardial infarction and cerebral hemorrhage while helping weight loss and improving hyperlipidemia.
7. Delaying the aging process. Mulberry berries are rich in vitamin C and 5 of them contain about 2.7 mg of this nutrient. As an added bonus, the dried fruits can also be added to flavor mulberry tea. Although the leaves also contain vitamin C, this is a relatively small amount. As a natural antioxidant, vitamin C helps slow the aging caused by free radicals and toxins. In addition, vitamin C also supports the immune system and helps produce collagen. That’s to say, this herbal drink can keep your hair, skin and ligaments healthy too as you age.