Mulberry Tea: Can it Help Combat Type 2 Diabetes?

A cup of mulberry tea in a white cup next too a bunch of flowers.

In China and other eastern countries, the health benefits of green mulberry tea are already exceptionally well known. Indeed, the Chinese have been using mulberry in their medicines for thousands of years. They document that the tea helps lower unhealthy cholesterol levels, improve circulation and even encourage weight loss.

Here in the western world, we’re gradually cottoning on to the health benefits offered by mulberry tea, and sales have increased in recent years. However, getting it on the high street is still notoriously tricky. Nevertheless, we’re now gradually realising that mild-flavoured tea can be a valuable antidote to our busy, stressful lives by helping lower cholesterol and even fight off colds and other minor infections.

However, it’s now been suggested that this tea can offer an even more significant health advantage to those at risk of developing and already suffering from Type 2 Diabetes. But can this be medically verified, or is it just wishful thinking?

Mulberry Tea: Combatting Type 2 Diabetes – The Evidence

According to several studies, mulberry tea can indeed help to manage the symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes. The first significant study was undertaken in 2010 at the Japanese International Research Centre for Agricultural Sciences and featured in the highly regarded Journal of Food Science. Scientists identified that a DNJ (Deoxynojirimycin), which occurs naturally in the mulberry plant, is a ‘highly potent glycosides inhibitor’. In simpler terms, it’s a substance that naturally suppresses glucose levels in the blood, preventing diabetes.

Further Evidence For The Effectiveness OF Mulberry Tea

In the Feb 2010 issue of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, there was a published study detailing further proof of how Mulberry tea can help those with Type 2 diabetes. The lab animal study was conducted over three weeks, and it was noted that the animals involved had decreased fasting blood sugar, reduced glucose levels and raised insulin levels.

The study also indicated that mulberry produces antioxidants, which help to combat some of the oxidative effects of the illness.

The Official Medical Verdict?

So far, evidence strongly suggests that Mulberry tea can benefit those with Type 2 Diabetes. However, research is still very much in its early stages, so medical practitioners would avoid recommending mulberry tea as an official treatment for the condition.

However, the good news is that mulberry tea is harmless and doesn’t harm you to drink it once or twice a day. Given the evidence presented, it’s likely to help with symptoms of diabetes, but even if you don’t notice a difference, you can experience some other health benefits instead. It’s also interesting to note that mulberry tea leaves contain over 25 times more calcium than milk and ten times more iron than spinach. It also contains:

  • Vitamins A, B1, B2 and C
  • 18 amino acids
  • Antioxidants
  • Potassium and magnesium

In short, it packs a serious punch when it comes to improving your health! Our advice? Try it, and discover the results for yourself.

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