Mulberry Tea Fights Diabetes
Mulberry leaves have long been used in Chinese medicine for the prevention and treatment of diabetes. This is because
they contain a chemical compound
1-deoxynojirimycin (DNJ) that suppresses high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) following meals rich in carbohydrates. DNJ can only be extracted from the mulberry leaf. Scientists in Japan found that pretreating rats with mulberry extract before they were fed carbohydrates significantly suppressed the normal post-meal rise in blood glucose levels.
Controlling blood sugar (glucose) levels is vitally important to the treatment of diabetes. When blood sugar levels rise sharply, the body responds by producing more insulin. If the demand for more insulin occurs too strongly and too often, the pancreatic function of producing insulin may become impaired. Cells become resistant to insulin as it attempts tp facilite glucose transport through cell walls. The result is insulin resistance, which, unchecked, often leads to type 2 diabetes.
By preventing large amounts of monosaccharide from entering into circulation, mulberry tea helps prevent and fight diabetes. Because it blocks unwanted excessive sugars before they even enter the bloodstream, it can also help with weight problems.
Mulberry Tea and Diabetes: The Antioxidant Connection
Diabetes is a complicated disease with many factors and health risks, some of which include atherosclerosis and cataracts. Both of these are linked to oxidative stress, which is in turn caused by insufficient blood levels of antioxidants. Since people with diabetes have significantly lower antioxidant levels than people without diabetes, it is likely that this disease is affected by oxidative stress—and also that it can be treated with antioxidants found in the mulberry leaf.