One of the most common illnesses people suffer from is type-2 diabetes. 29.1 million people have this disease in the U.S. alone, and 8.1 million of them are undiagnosed. Over the past few years, this number still continue to rise and scientists and doctors are predicting that there will be half a billion diabetics in the whole world in 2030.
These figures come with a question as to why is there such a huge portion of the population developing this disease that is totally preventable? Apparently, the answer lies with the increasing cases of obesity and insulin resistance also comes with it. Large portions of processed sugar and high fats seem to make up an average diet of every person nowadays causing them to be more susceptible to this kind of ailment.
In order to prevent or treat this condition, lifestyle changes are to be made like changes in diet, regular exercise, and stress reduction techniques. Weight loss is vital to reversing diabetes’ effects in most cases. Yet, there are certain natural supplements and superfoods that can help in treating the condition and also improving one’s overall health.
One superfood that anyone with diabetes should try to help treat their condition is Mulberries.
Mulberries: A Superfood For Diabetes
Mulberries are deciduous large trees that are native to temperate, warm, and subtropical regions of Africa, America, and Asia. Each fruit measures around 2 to 5 centimeters in length. Most species of mulberries appear as purple-red color while ripening but sometimes they can be white, red, purple, or multiple colors on the same berry.
Here are some of the most famous types of Mulberries according to each region.
- White mulberry, native to eastern and central China
- Red or American mulberry, native to the eastern United States
- Black mulberry, native to western Asia
Health Benefits of Mulberries
- Anti-aging properties
- Fights cancer
- Rich in antioxidants
- Counters neurological diseases
- Decreases inflammation
- Protects from stroke
Mulberries Are Also A Source Of:
- Vitamin C
- B-complex vitamins
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin B-6
- Folic acid
- Low amount of vitamin A and E
Mulberries and Blood Sugar Management
In Asia, people use mulberry leaves to treat diabetes. A study which was conducted by Minneapolis VA Medical Center Human Studies Committee researchers has decided to study this method.
In the study, participants included ten healthy control groups, ages 24-61, and then type 2 diabetics, ages 59-75, who were receiving oral hypoglycemic agents without complications.
The subjects ingested mulberry extract or the placebo at eight o’clock in the morning. For one week, this process was repeated with the opposite treatment. H2 measurements were checked through an hourly breath sample which continued for eight hours. Blood glucose was assessed with fingerstick before the pill and after 120 minutes of sucrose ingestion, and also at 180 and 240 for the diabetic volunteers.
Results of the study showed that those who ingested the mulberry extract displayed a significant reduction in blood glucose for the first 120 minutes of the study as compared to the placebo. There was also a great reduction in the fluctuations in blood sugar levels.
Compounds that induce insulin secretion and antioxidants that lower lipid peroxidation was also found in mulberries.
For natural diabetes treatment, the recommended dosage is taking a mulberry leaf extract 2-3 times daily.
You can also eat fresh or dried mulberries, or add it in salads, jams, and smoothies.