Mulberry: Nutritional value, efficacy, suitable for pregnant women and babies?

Mulberry is the fruit of mulberry tree. It tastes sweet and is rich in water. It is a very healthy fruit.

Mulberry contains a variety of functional components, such as rutin, anthocyanin, resveratrol, etc., which have good anti-cancer, anti-aging, anti-ulcer, anti-virus and other effects[1].

China is the country with the largest number of mulberry varieties in the world. The ancient Chinese people fed silkworms with mulberry trees and then made clothes.

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Mulberry trees are deciduous shrubs or small trees, 3-5 meters high, bark is gray, and has a streak of shallow; Yellow brown or red yellow, strong fibrous, generally born in hills, hillsides, villages, fields and other places, now cultivated, can be seen everywhere. The mulberries bloom in March and may, and the results in May and June are green at first, and then dark purple or red when ripe.


Nutritional value of mulberry

Mulberry has high nutritional value and medicinal value.

Mulberry is rich in sugar, protein, fat, mixed acid, malic acid, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, Vitamin C, iron, sodium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, carotene and anthocyanin[2].

Mulberry has 5-6 times as many nutrients as apple and 4 times as many nutrients as grape. It has many functions. It is considered as “the best fruit in the 21st century”.

Every 100 grams of Mulberry contains the following nutrients:

Nutrition Facts

Mulberries, raw
Serving Size : 100G
Nutrient Value
Water [g] 87.68
Energy [kcal] 43
Protein [g] 1.44
Total lipid (fat) [g] 0.39
Carbohydrate, by difference [g] 9.8
Fiber, total dietary [g] 1.7
Sugars, total [g] 8.1
Calcium, Ca [mg] 39
Iron, Fe [mg] 1.85
Magnesium, Mg [mg] 18
Phosphorus, P [mg] 38
Potassium, K [mg] 194
Sodium, Na [mg] 10
Zinc, Zn [mg] 0.12
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid [mg] 36.4
Thiamin [mg] 0.03
Riboflavin [mg] 0.1
Niacin [mg] 0.62
Vitamin B-6 [mg] 0.05
Folate, DFE [µg] 6
Vitamin B-12 [µg] 0
Vitamin A, RAE [µg] 1
Vitamin A, IU [IU] 25
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) [mg] 0.87
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) [µg] 0
Vitamin D [IU] 0
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) [µg] 7.8
Fatty acids, total saturated [g] 0.03
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g] 0.04
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g] 0.21
Fatty acids, total trans [g] 0
Cholesterol [mg] 0
Caffeine [mg] 0
Sources include : USDA [3]

Effect and function of Mulberry

Mulberry is rich in nutrition and contains a variety of amino acids, vitamins, organic acids, carotene and other nutrients.

Modern medical research has proved that mulberry has the effects of enhancing immunity, preventing arteriosclerosis of human arteries and bones, promoting metabolism, etc[4].

Help digestion

Mulberry contains tannic acid, fatty acid, malic acid and other nutrients, which can promote the digestion of fat, protein and starch.

Therefore, mulberry has the ability to help digestion. Mulberry can also be used to treat diarrhea caused by dyspepsia.

Anticancer

Mulberry contains a large amount of rutin, which can prevent the formation of colon cancer and has anti-inflammatory and antiviral effects.

Eating mulberries regularly can also help prevent and treat cerebral hemorrhage, hypertension, retinal hemorrhage, chronic bronchitis and other diseases.

Eye health

Studies have found that eating mulberry regularly can relieve the symptoms of eye fatigue and Dry eyes.

This may be attributed to the vitamin A content in mulberry.

Oxidation resistance

Mulberry contains tannic acid, malic acid, Vitamin C and fatty acid.

The resveratrol contained therein is an effective antioxidant, which can inhibit lipid peroxidation reaction of low density lipoprotein, prevent cytotoxin generated by oxidation of low density lipoprotein, and thus protect lipid peroxidation of cells.

Resveratrol can also reduce platelet aggregation, thus preventing arteriosclerosis.

Anti-aging ability

Mulberry contains many functional components such as rutin, anthocyanin, resveratrol and so on, which have good anti-aging effect.

Enhance immunity

Rutin, anthocyanidin, glucose, fructose, malic acid, calcium, inorganic salt, carotene, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, Vitamin C, vitamin D, nicotinic acid and other components contained in mulberry have the effects of nutrition and immunity enhancement, and can prevent tumor cell proliferation and cancer occurrence.


Applicable crowd of Mulberry

Rheumatism: Mulberry can reduce the occurrence of arthritis, rheumatic pain and other diseases.

Pregnant women: Pregnant women can eat mulberry in an appropriate amount. Mulberry has the nutrition contained in most fruits, which can ensure sufficient nutrition during pregnancy.

Children: We do not recommend children or babies to eat mulberries, because mulberries contain more trypsin inhibitor-tannic acid, which will affect the absorption of iron, calcium, zinc and other substances.

Diabetes: diabetics should strictly control the consumption of mulberries, which contain a large amount of starch and may have a significant impact on the glycemic index of diabetics.


Can pregnant women eat mulberries?

Pregnant women can eat mulberries in moderation.

Mulberry is rich in nutritional value, rich in active protein, Vitamin C, amino acids, minerals, anthocyanins, etc.

Eating mulberries by pregnant women can promote the growth of red blood cells, prevent leukopenia, relieve Dry eyes and improve skin blood supply.

Mulberry can also improve the digestive ability of pregnant women and prevent dyspepsia during pregnancy.

However, pregnant women should not eat a large amount of mulberries. According to traditional Chinese medicine, a large amount of mulberries may lead to “cold internal organs” of pregnant women.

Pregnant women are advised to eat 10 mulberries every day.


Can the baby eat mulberry?

Babies can eat a small amount of mulberries.

Mulberry is rich in nutrition and contains a large amount of fructose, vitamins and various minerals, especially the precious “anthocyanin”.

Anthocyanin is a strong antioxidant, which can accelerate the regeneration of “rhodophane” on retina, thus improving baby’s visual acuity and protecting eyesight.

Babies with dyspepsia can also eat some mulberries properly to help digestion.

However, the number of mulberries should be strictly limited.

As mentioned earlier, mulberries contain more trypsin inhibitor-tannic acid, which will affect baby’s absorption of iron, calcium, zinc and other substances.

Before you add mulberries to your baby’s diet, you should think carefully.

If the baby has severe abdominal pain and diarrhea after eating, the baby should be sent to the hospital for treatment in time.

Last updated May 1, 2019

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