So, we know silkworms preferred white mulberry leaves over everything else. But what benefits are available to humans from the tree? Going back to the Chinese again, we find that the plant’s medicinal properties were discussed in the traditional Chinese medicine text book, Huang DiBa Shi Yi Nan Jing (Yellow Emperor’s Canon on Eighty-One Difficult Issues). White mulberry leaves were prescribed for coughs, diabetes and ‘tonification’ of the blood. Ancient Indian Ayurvedic texts recommended tea made from the tree’s leaves to combat colds and to promote sweating.
Coming forward into present day, research is being done in the use of white mulberry leaf tea for treatment of arteriosclerosis and diabetes. Other studies have shown that consuming an extract of white mulberry can help the body process sugar. One compound found in the plant (DNJ) has the ability to eliminate excess sugar from the blood. Multiple studies have also shown that eating white mulberry lowers cholesterol in humans. And just 1/3 cup of dried white mulberries contains 4 grams of protein and 20% of required daily fiber. The berries are also high in flavonoid antioxidents, vitamins C, A, K, E and B-complex, as well as iron, potassium, magnesium and manganese.