Mulberry season: what are the benefits of this delicious summer fruit?
Mulberries are juicy and slightly tart and bring many benefits to health. There are three varieties: white, from Eastern and Central China, red (American), from the American East, and black mulberry, which originates in West Asia.
Mulberry trees are broad-leaved and grow in the warm, temperate and subtropical climate regions of Asia, Africa and South America.
This delicious, succulent and juicy fruit is low-calorie and contains a lot of proteins, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, as well as anthocyanins which are very beneficial and are also used as colourants.
Mulberries appear in summer, so now is the time to take full advantage of the dozens of benefits of the fruit, some of which you can see below:
Scientific research indicates that mulberries are beneficial to cancer patients due to the antioxidant resveratrol in them. Mulberries also prevent various neurological diseases, infections and diabetes, because they hinder the abrupt changes in blood sugar levels. Some data also shows that mulberries stop ageing and contribute to a good metabolism.
Mulberries are also known to prevent blood clotting and strokes. They are thought to purify blood and strengthen our whole system.
Mulberries are also a source of vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant and immunostimulant that prevents the flu, as well as coughs and colds. The zeaxanthin in the fruit protects the retina from the harmful ultraviolet waves.
Mulberries are rich in iron, which is rare for forest fruits, and we know that iron is a component of haemoglobin in red blood cells, which in its turn has a role in transporting oxygen. They also contain potassium, manganese and magnesium. The first controls the heart rhythm and arterial pressure. There is also folic acid, niacin, vitamin B6 and vitamin K in mulberries.
It is considered that mulberries are beneficial for those suffering from gastritis and chronic hepatitis. They accelerate recovery after operations by improving blood circulation and preventing infections.
Mulberries reduce the levels of the bad LDL cholesterol and in this way protect the heart. If consumed regularly, they improve appetite.
Besides being beneficial to health, mulberries are also very tasty. They are used in various desserts, marmalades, syrups, some salads, mixed with yoghurt and in multiple other ways.