Grown in Pakistan
Several studies have investigated the level of antioxidant activity found in mulberries. As well as the more familiar immune-boosters such as Vitamin C and E, mulberries are rich in anthocyanins: colourful phytochemicals that are not only responsible for the pigmentation of the fruit, but are also credited with anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Mulberry anthocyanins are known to be cardioprotective. They enhance capillary strength, inhibit platelet aggregation and increase nitrogen oxide in the body, which in turn relaxes blood vessels and reduces high blood pressure. The risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is lowered too.
Research trials have also demonstrated anthocyanins’ ability to moderate cancer cell proliferation and to hinder tumour formation. By stopping harmful oxidation reactions in the body, antioxidants, such as anthocyanins, prevent the genetic mutations that can lead to cancer developing. They have also been reported to help in the prevention of age-related declines in neural function, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Another antioxidant found in mulberries is resveratrol – famously present in red wine. Resveratrol exhibits similar protective qualities to anthocyanins and, in addition, triggers a reduction in blood glucose and LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). It has also been found to mimic the metabolic changes of people on a restricted diet, without actually lowering calorie intake, therefore spurring interest in mulberry extract as a potential treatment for obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. Resveratrol also decreases fat storage in the liver, thereby displaying a link between modern scientific studies and ancient Chinese medicinal practice in which mulberries were recommended for the cleansing of this vital organ.
Mulberries are full of several important vitamins and minerals, the most dominant of which is potassium, needed for muscle control, nerve function and a healthy heart. At 776mg per 100g it exceeds the potassium content of a banana. Similarly, just a small handful of dried mulberries meets nearly 10% of our daily calcium needs, contributing to the maintenance of strong bones and teeth. They are also an excellent source of iron, which is a rare feature amongst berries and essential for body growth and red cell production.
Typical Values per 100g
Energy 359 kcal 1518 KJ
of which saturates 0.5g
of which mono-saturates 0.3g
of which poly-unsaturates 2.0g
of which sugars 72.5g