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White Mulberry

Phenolic compounds found in plants are nature’s antioxidants and detoxifiers. Many phenolics have other health giving properties like lowering blood sugar. Other phenolic compounds protect the nervous system from the damage caused by chemical pollutants, like from glyphosate.

Glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine) is an organophosphorus compound used to kill weeds. By 2007, glyphosate weed-killers were the most widely used herbicide in the U.S. Once believed to pose no health risk to humans, that hypothesis is in question. In June 2017, California added glyphosate to its list of chemicals that cause cancer. Monsanto’s claims that glyphosate found in its flag ship product, Roundup, is harmless.

Researchers don’t buy Monsanto’s claims. Current studies find strong evidence that gluten intolerance, celiac disease, and leaky gut are not due to naturally-occurring proteins in wheat, but are caused by glyphosate residue. Since 1990, the rise in deaths due to intestinal infections directly correlates to use of glyphosates on wheat.

Glyphosate exposure increases oxidative damage to cells. In genetically susceptible people, it leads to inflammatory bowel diseases like celiac, and may be the hidden cause of “gluten sensitivity.” It is associated with impaired kidney and liver function, so the body cannot detoxify effectively. Cancer risk is increased by glyphosate exposure. And, it is linked to neurological diseases like Parkinson’s.

Mulberry to the Rescue

White mulberry (Morus alba) is a fast-growing medium sized tree native to northern China and used as a traditional medicine for thousands of years. It’s widely cultivated in Asia as food for silkworms used in the production of silk.

In traditional Chinese medicine, the dried leaves are used to treat the common cold, influenza, and to improve liver function. In combination with other herbs, it is made into pills that taken over time benefit eye health and improve vision.

Modern scientific studies find mulberry rich in bioflavonoids including resveratrol and luteolin. It protects the central nervous system from the damaging effects of diabetes, reduces inflammation, and has anti-cancer effects. Used as a functional food in small amounts daily, mulberry extract promotes wellness, improves memory, improves vision, and promotes normal weight.

Six Uses of White Mulberry:

  1. Lowers LDL cholesterol
  2. Lowers blood sugar
  3. Promotes weight loss
  4. Protects the nervous system
  5. Improves memory
  6. Reduces stress

Mulberry (Morus alba) leaves are used in folk medicine to manage diabetes. Scientists found that mulberry extract also has hypoglycemic and antioxidant effects. Brewed mulberry leaf tea also helps reduce LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides. It can also improve insulin sensitivity. Try a daily dose of mulberry tea if your LDL and triglycerides, glucose and hemoglobulin A1c levels are high.

In a 2017 study, researchers found the leaf extract from mulberry is neuroprotective. It may help prevent and slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease.

The Cost of Glyphosate Toxicity

The health costs associated with toxic agriculture are not paid by polluters. Government agencies are more likely to protect corporations than consumers. Insurance companies won’t cover unidentified or vague illnesses, leaving farm workers or consumers with sensitivities caused by glyphosates to grapple government health services or struggle to pay on their own.

We live in a toxic world. Even if you eat 100% organic, and avoid man-made industrial chemicals, like glyphosate, residues have entered the planet’s ecosystem. Glyphosates bind with natural compounds in the soil and finds its way in to the water supply. Functional foods – called “superfoods” by health food marketers – help your liver detoxify pollutants. Consider adding mulberry leaf and stem extract to your daily health plan if you suspect glyphosate toxicity.

How to Take Mulberry

I recommend that my patients take a daily multivitamin and mineral with phenolic plant extracts. I consider this integral to a smart “replace and protect” strategy. Eat a plant based diet with 10-12 servings of vegetables and some fruits. Then add superfoods like curcumin, blueberries, and goji berries. Drink herbal teas, including green tea. To promote liver detoxification, include mulberry leaf tea or extract.

I grow my own white mulberry tree, but it takes many trees to produce enough dried leaves for tea. So, I use a few leaves or flowers to enhance the health benefits of green tea. However, you can buy organic white mulberry leaf tea in health food stores or online.

For medicinal use, take mulberry extract. The dried fruit, stems, and leaves are processed into as 5:1 to 10:1 concentrations. To treat a condition, like Parkinson’s, take 1,000 mg three times daily of 10:1 extract. Remember that higher doses may be needed in severe illness. Mulberry tea and extracts are considered safe and non-toxic.

Dr. J. E. Williams


Dr. Williams is a pioneer in integrative and functional medicine, the author of six books, and a practicing clinician with over 100,000 patient visits. His areas of interest include longevity and viral immunity. Formerly from San Diego, he now resides in Sarasota, Florida and practices at the Florida Integrative Medical Center. He teaches at NOVA Southeastern University and Emperor’s College of Oriental Medicine.

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