You've probably been hearing a lot about mulberries lately.
They're starting to appear in lots of baking recipes and goodies, and they're gaining popularity on the superfood aisle.
Even Dr. Oz has started singing the praises of mulberries!
Mulberries have several nutritional benefits:
- High Fiber
- High Protein (for fruit)
- Beneficial protein/carb ratio
- No Fat
- High in Vitamin C
Beyond that, they're also:
- A good source of Iron & Calcium
- A source of the longevity antioxidant reseveratrol
- A source of Vitamin K, choline, B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, copper, zinc, and selenium
But, did you know Mulberry is also revered in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
In fact, TCM regards the entire mulberry tree as a source of beneficial remedies.
Every part of the tree is used medicinally — from the berries, to the bark, to the leaves, and even the droppings of the silkworm that exclusively eats those leaves!
If you were to visit a Chinese herbalist to treat problems like weakness or premature graying of hair, he might prescribe you mulberry as a "Yin Blood tonic," along with similar herbs such as ho-shou-wu, cooked rehmannia, and Goji berry.
In TCM, the source of Mulberry's healing action is its ability to move through the liver and kidney meridians (the body's "energy channels") which aids in nourishing blood and the production of important fluids. These attributes have lead Mulberry to be utilized treating a variety of deficiency conditions, including fatigue, dry constipation, general dryness (mouth, eyes, throat), and signs of accelerated aging.
Whichever type of medicine you practice — TCM, western medicine, or healing with whole foods — mulberries offer a bounty of benefits...not to mention their delicate, sweet flavor.
So enjoy! When you indulge in this special treat, you're actually doing your body a favor!