We hardly find mulberry in the city but many, perhaps, are familiar with the old nursery rhyme ‘Here we go round the mulberry bush’?
Well, the mulberry bush grows into a huge fruit-bearing tree. And, “With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown,” goes the Chinese proverb.
We all know the story of silkworm that thrives on mulberry trees, but do you know the nutritional value and health benefits of sweet and juicy mulberry that is grown and cultivated across the world.
The green mulberry turns red, purple, blue and black when it ripens. Its raw state is high in potassium, iron and Vitamin C. There is also a significant amount of calorie, Vitamin K, phosphorous and dietary fibre in ripe mulberries.
While its pollen is known to trigger asthma, mulberry fruit has several health benefits owing to the rich nutrition content, according to science and several studies.
Top health benefits of mulberry
The Vitamin C content in mulberry strengthens the immune system and help fights against common diseases and ailments. Regular intake of it is also said to prevent cancer.
The high iron content in mulberries helps in production of red blood cells. It boost blood circulation, helps build bone tissues and slows down the aging process.
Rich in dietary fibre, mulberries help in food digestion and help in proper regulation of the bowel movement. It prevents stomach cramps and bloating sensation.
Eating mulberries is also said to improve vision owing to the presence of Zeaxanthin, one of the carotinoids, which prevents certain damage to the retina and cataracts. It functions as an antioxidant that prevents macular degeneration. Hence, it is said to be good for the eyes.