Guest Post by nutritionist and freelance writer Lisa Peters
Nearly 30 million people have diabetes in the US, and the rest of the world is catching up with this shocking statistic. As we continue to snack on sugary sweets and deep fried everythings – our bodies are asking for trouble. It is essential to be aware of what we put into our bodies and maintain a reasonable and responsible diet. Stop the fizzy soda and start drinking a pure and beneficial drink; mulberry leaf tea can help prevent and aid your body from developing serious health problems such as diabetes.
Why choose Mulberry?
Mulberry leafs have many health benefits including compounds which lower blood sugar levels. They have been commonly used in many Chinese medicines for just this reason.
The all-time favorite nursery rhyme, Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush may have been onto something. Mulberries are already used a lot in other cultures, including Indian food, as they are high in protein and inexpensive. Western diets are sometimes carbohydrate driven – we love out chips, fries and all things potato based. But this can present real problems for our bodies. Most of us may feel that we are getting all the core nutrients and food groups into our system, but the reality is that more and more people are developing health problems. From heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure and cholesterol, the list is never-ending.
How does it prevent Diabetes?
Compounds found in mulberry leaves contain hyperglycemia, which help lower our blood sugar levels, also known as glucose. These levels need to be monitored closely for any diabetic. When they rise, which is often after eating foods with a high gylcemic index, (potato, sweets, and all those lovely foods we enjoy to much) the body produces insulin to help digest these foods. Simply put, if we eat too many sugary things too often our body cannot cope with the overload and our pancreas is affected. Our body finds it harder and harder to produce insulin and we develop a very dangerous condition called Insulin Resistance. This will most likely lead to type two diabetes.
But, enough with all the technical talk. We want to know how drinking tea can help prevent all this. It isn’t as simple as a cup a day will make the diabetes away. But, what is found in mulberry tea can really help control these levels that can lead to getting diabetes in the first place.
Are you addicted to food?
We are all addicted to something. Whether it’s your morning espresso, cigarettes, bottle of cold beer in the evening or your favourite bar of candy. We love our food, that’s face it. But if you simply cannot put down fatty foods, and think it may be an addiction, then it is time to get help. Going to recovery centres in relaxing locations such as South Carolina near the Savanna River, can be a really good idea to help get you back on the right track. More and more people are struggling with their food addictions. Obesity is prevalent in the US and all over the world, and as we know, this is the number one cause of type two diabetes. The shocking reality is that 1 in 400 people under 20 years old have the disease. Diet, Insulin and other medication are the primary treatments for diabetes. Type two diabetes, the most common type, can be controlled by maintaining a healthy diet. Certainly, going jogging a few times a week, becoming more active and eating less junk food will be a good start. Incorporating some mulberry tea into your morning and evening routine can also help too.
A research group in Japan conducted various experiments of the mulberry leaf to see what exactly they contained and how they could help stabilize blood sugar levels in humans. By feeding rats with Mulberry extract before giving them carbohydrates, the tests showed their blood glucose levels were significantly lower than before. They concluded that mulberry extract, found in mulberry leaves, may actually help diseases such as diabetes.
But rats are rats, and humans are humans, how can they really be sure it would work the same way? Indian researchers also did studies but this time on 24 men aged 40 to 60 years old. The research study lasted four weeks and showed the men’s blood sugar levels also drop after ingesting mulberry extract. It also proved that that the ingredient significantly reduced the men’s cholesterol.
Other health benefits
Mulberry tea can have other health benefits which include various vitamins and minerals that are essential for a healthy body. These include amino acids, carotenoids, chlorophyll, vitamin C, B1, B2, B6, A and flavonoids. Yes, it all sounds a little alien to a non-professional but it is true. Mulberry also contains a high amount of fiber. Research has even shown that mulberry leaves contain six times more calcium than green tea and 25 times more than milk. It also contains Iron, 10 times more than spinach.
So, there you have it. Mulberry tea contains so many good nutrients, minerals and compounds which can actually reduce the risk of diabetes and help other health problems too. It may sound so simple and you may not buy it – but at least give it a try and don’t end up being just another statistic.