Being a farmer for over a decade and half now, I have always been eager to know about plant chemical or phytochemical properties of plants, it’s fruits, and its flowers. In short, to know whether it’s minerals can be harvested for plant nutrition. Over the years I have been able to identify the phytochemicals through poring over reams and reams of literature and used the same to benefit my orchard. I think most farmers who are curious do the same. These are organic alternatives to the synthetic chemicals we use to feed our plants.
Plants produce many chemicals that are biologically active, not just in themselves, but also in other organisms. Some of these chemicals enhance their own survival.
Many plants have high levels of minerals because they can draw minerals from the soil and can convert them into a form that is more easily used by the human body. Mineral content is often the key factor in a plant’s effectiveness as a medicine.
I have used calotropis leaves to cure boron deficiency in mangoes, fermented banana stem solution to harness potassium needs of turmeric and used moringa leaf spray to enhance vegetable growth.
Last week my quest led me to Mulberry leaf tea and I came to know that it is an excellent medium to control Type 2 Diabetes. I would not claim it to be my discovery: for thousands of years ago it was mentioned in the Bhavprakash Nirghantu but has been ignored and overlooked by present day physicians who can’t think beyond prescribing Metformin. By the way the plant is known as Tula, Brahmadaru and Kramuka in Sanskrit. Over the years medical journals and research have provided ample proof that blood sugar can be treated by Morus Alba or white mulberry.
I am no physician but the following paragraphs provide you with ample evidence of what promises mulberry holds for diabetics.
The plant is rich in phenolics. The leaves contain flavonoids, artocarpin, cycloartocarpin and analogues. The root of the plant contains flavonoids like kuwanons, sangennons, mulberrosides and mulberofurans. The small branches contain mulberrin, fructose, glucose, flavonoid, coumarin, arabinose, xylose, stachyose, sucrose. The fruit contains carotene, vitamins A and C, thamene, riboflavin, tannin, linoleic and stearic acids.
Most importantly the leaf contains 1-Deoxynojirimycin (DNJ or 1-DNJ), also called duvoglustat or moranolin, is an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor, most commonly found in mulberry leaves.
An easy to grow plant, Mulberry is propagated through cuttings and is grown in almost every part of India. With the number of diabetics increasing, be it in cities or villages, it would not be wrong to say that wherever there are diabetics you’ll find Mulberry!
Sadly, most diabetics are not aware that mulberry is a panacea for their ills. It is a fast-growing, small to medium-sized tree which grows to 10–20 m tall. The white mulberry is widely cultivated to feed the silkworms employed in the commercial production of silk. It is also notable for the rapid release of its pollen.
Chemicals present in white mulberry work in a similar way to some medicines used for type 2 diabetes. They slow the breakdown of sugars in the gut so that they are absorbed more slowly into the blood. This helps the body keep blood sugar levels in the desirable range.
The leaf extract of Morus alba (LEM) shows the competitive inhibition to α-glucosidase. This single- blinded, placebo-controlled study investigated the effects of LEM on postprandial glucose and insulin levels in type 2 diabetes patients treated with or without sulfonylurea hypoglycemic agents (SU). Elevations in glucose and insulin levels were suppressed and the excretion of breath hydrogen gas was markedly increased in healthy subjects after ingestion of jelly containing LEM. These results suggest that LEM can suppress the postprandial elevation of glucose and insulin independent of SU treatment.
White mulberry is also tried for treating high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, the common cold and its symptoms, muscle and joint pain such as from arthritis, constipation, dizziness, ringing in the ears, hair loss, and premature graying.
Taking 1 gram of the powdered leaf three times a day for 4 weeks decreased fasting blood sugar levels by 27%, compared with an 8% decrease with the diabetes medicine glyburide, 5 mg daily.
In a small study of people with type 2 diabetes, white mulberry leaf, 1 gram taken 3 times daily for 4 weeks, reduced total cholesterol by 12%, and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by 23%, and increased HDL (“good”) cholesterol by 18%.
Taking white mulberry along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.
White Mulberry Leaf combats the three invisible enemies of high blood sugar levels right at its core: the Overactive Lipids that hijack the pancreas causes the body to go in defense mode; those irritated cells then lead to inflammation.
White Mulberry Leaf with its healing properties gives a natural balance of inflammation in your cells.
A scientific review, published by the American Diabetes Association, declared that, “studies have shown that ingestion of mulberry leaf produced significant reductions in blood glucose increases and maintained a healthy balance in the pancreas.”
For further reading:
Mulberry leaf extract decreases digestion and absorption of starch in healthy subjects-A randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover study https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28501729/
American Diabetes Association February 3, 2007 Mitchell Mudra, Nacide Ercan-Fang, Litao Zhong, MD, PHD Julie Furne, and Michael Levitt, MD12Address correspondence and reprint requests to Michael Levitt, MD, Research Office, Minneapolis VAMC, 1 Veterans Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55414
Journal of Drug and Food Analysis December 01, 2017
BMC Administration of mulberry leaves maintains pancreatic β-cell mass in obese/type 2 diabetes mellitus mouse model
IJBCP Assessment of Morus alba (mulberry) leaves extract for anti-psychotic effect in rats