Mulberry Leaf May Help Prevent Atherosclerosis
Mulberry another plant form with nutrition magic? This magical nutrient could save your life. It is amazing that such relatively unknown phytochemicals can perform such great magic feats. Mulberry leaf is the one that reverses atherosclerosis lesions.
In a new study researchers studied mice that were deficient in the protein apolipoprotein E. This protein is crucial in lipid metabolism in mice as well as in human beings. The researchers fed the mice a food mixture containing 1% mulberry leaf for 12 weeks.
Those mice which were fed the mulberry-supplemented chow had an unexpected amazing 40% reduction in their atherosclerosis lesions in their aortas. In an additional test tube study, it showed mulberry extract slowed the oxidation of lipids which means an antioxidant reaction against free radicals caused by oxidation. The authors concluded that mulberry leaf might help prevent atherosclerosis.
This caused me to look deeper into mulberry leaf information. Its leaves contain a rather significant amount of flavonoids. These flavonoids are in the quercetin family. If you are not familiar with antioxidants quercetin is a powerful antioxidant found in grapes. This antioxidant in the mulberry plant is also a strong and powerful free radical neutralizer. The better know quercetin extracts are often used in many antioxidant formulas as well as high energy formulas. Other studies have found that mulberry leafs and extracts also have reduced diabetes symptoms in animals.
If you have atherosclerosis or wish to take preventive action, this very inexpensive herb might be a magic nutrient which can help remove vessel plaque. By reducing vessel blockage you reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke significantly. And the slowing of oxidation of lipids as mentioned above may help keep your cholesterol healthy. So if you have high cholesterol, mulberry is a must to keep your LDL from oxidizing. I think we will see much more mulberry research and studies in the future. Mulberry leaf is readily available online and in most health food stores