Mulberry is a herb which was initially the food of silk worms and in order to build the silk industry, started the cultivation of mulberry. The leaves of mulberry have wonderful effects on reducing blood sugar; it is studied and report that mulberry leaves reduce the absorption of blood glucose from the gut thus maintaining the normal blood glucose levels – a benefit for diabetes patients. Reducing blood glucose is one of the most effective and most established benefits of mulberry. They are also helpful in reducing cholesterol levels, normalising blood pressure and also help in thinning the blood. Overall it can be said that mulberry leaves help greatly in maintaining the cardio metabolic disease. The fruits also have health benefits and they are known to relive joint pain and muscle pain, reduce hair loss and premature greying and so on. Mulberry fruits form a part of diet and therefore its benefits can be easily availed.
1. Avoid During Pregnancy And Lactation
Mulberry intake has a number of effects on the body; however these effects have not been studied in case of pregnant women. This means you really don’t know what effect will eating mulberry have on the unborn child. Thus it is best to prevent excessive intake during pregnancy and lactation. Low to moderate intake is fine; however excessive intake must be avoided.
2. Hypoglycaemia Especially In Diabetes Patients
In the introduction section we saw that mulberry is very effective in reducing blood sugar levels. A study reported that consuming about gm of powdered mulberry leaf extract gave about 25-27% reduction in fasting plasma glucose levels which is huge. However problem arises when a diabetic patient is taking his routine medications to maintain the increased blood glucose levels and along with the medicines there is also an excess intake of mulberry. In such a case the blood glucose goes below normal and the patient experiences serious hypoglycaemic events. It is advised that diabetes patients should consult a doctor or nutritionist before starting intake of mulberry to avoid any low blood sugar events and also to get maximum benefits from use of mulberry.
3. Allergic Reaction
Some people experience allergic reactions after consuming mulberry; however this happens only in a small percentage of people. The allergic reactions include skin rashes, inflammation and swelling of the skin, appearance of red spots, itching etc.
4. Surgical Interference And Complications
Mulberry use (either white or black) is known to alter blood sugar levels. It also causes a modification of other blood constituents. Therefore it is recommended that before going in for a surgical procedure; stop the intake of mulberry for at least two weeks to prevent any undesirable side effect.
5. Risk Of Skin Cancer
Mulberry extract is used in some of the skin lightening products; and using these products has shown some cases of skin cancer. The reason why mulberry might cause skin cancer is unknown; it is also not clear whether skin cancer happens because of mulberry extract or other agents present in the skin lightening creams. Still mulberry extract use on the skin is being associated with occurrence of skin cancer and must be therefore used with caution.
6. Interferes With Ongoing Chemotherapy
A constituent of mulberry root bark apparently is known to kill the blood cancer cells; which is a wonderful property. However while undergoing chemotherapy; use of mulberry should be avoided. The reason for this is it can interfere with the chemotherapy resulting in either a multiplied effect or less effect.
7. Drug Interactions
Mulberry use can interfere with the action of anti-diabetic drugs; resulting in a combined multiplied effect. Thus mulberry must be used with serious caution and under the supervision of an expert when taking drugs to lower blood sugar.
8. Kidney Effects Due To High Potassium Levels
Mulberry contains high amount of potassium which is beneficial for the body. However in people who have a weak kidney or in kidney patients where the filtration done by their kidneys is not proper; excessive use of mulberry can put a load on the damaged kidneys. This further worsens their condition as functioning of kidney is further impaired.
9. Liver Problems
In patients suffering from liver problems, excessive use of mulberry can cause a load on the liver and further damage the organ. Thus excessive use must be avoided.
10. Stomach Problems And Hallucinations In Some
High intake of mulberry can cause some effects; reasons for which are not clear. These effects include stomach problems – like pain, cramps, irritation etc. and hallucinations are experienced by some.
Cautious use of mulberry especially in diabetes patients, pregnant or breast feeding women and those scheduled for a surgery is very important.