Mulberry Tea for a Healthy Liver
Your liver is a vital part of your overall health. It is the primary detoxification organ in your body and is responsible for removing toxins from your bloodstream.
Detoxifying is only one of the functions your liver performs in the body. It also:
- Assists in the metabolism of sugar
- Produces proteins
- Stores iron
- Produces bile
- Aids in blood clotting
When it becomes clogged with too many toxins, it cannot work efficiently. You often feel lethargic, your immune system is overburdened, your digestive system slows down, and your skin isn’t as healthy looking as it could be.
Even though the liver is one of the most forgiving organs in your body, it could be running in high-gear due to the high amount of toxins you are exposed to daily such as chemicals in water, chemicals in food, air pollution, pesticides, and even harmful ingredients in your skin care products. Stress can also put a burden on your liver.
Mulberry tea has been found to be greatly beneficial for the liver. According to several studies mulberries have certain compounds that have a positive effect on overall liver health. Drinking mulberry tea on a daily basis not only cleans your blood, but it will also help filter out toxins and break down fats.
What is Mulberry Tea?
Mulberry tea is extracted from the leaves of the mulberry tree. The mulberry is botanically known as Morus, a flowering part of the Moraceae family. It can grow up to 10 feet per year reaching 30 - 50 feet at full maturity and is typically found growing in moderate to tropical regions around the globe.
The Moraceae family also includes the fig tree, sassafras tree, and the breadfruit tree. A few varieties of the mulberry are bushes. Remember the rhyme “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush?”
The other varieties are:
- Morus alba- the white mulberry and native to China
- Morus nigra- the black mulberry is native to China and also found in Europe
- Morus rubra- the red mulberry is found in North America, mainly in Florida, Nebraska, and Texas
Since ancient times, Chinese medical practitioners have used several parts of the tree to treat various health conditions, among those, cleansing the liver. Originally, the tree was used for raising silkworms as that was their main source of food. Other traditional Chinese uses of the mulberry leaf were to alleviate dizziness, support liver functions, sustain youthful skin, lessen cough and cold symptoms, treat stomach pains, and strengthen eyesight.
What Can it Do for Your Liver?
Scientific evidence from research done at the best medical institutes in the United States, Asia, France, and India, show that the mulberry leaf is one of the most potent herbal substances and a possible solution to many health problems. When used regularly, it has been found to be helpful in preventing liver cancer.
Research shows that certain compounds found in mulberries may be especially effective in preventing fatty liver disease, which characteristically leads to liver cancer.
These compounds are:
The mulberry leaves contain quercetin which has been known to assist in preventing liver cancer. Quercetin is a flavonoid from the polyphenol group. It seeks out free radicals in your body and deactivates them before they can cause damage to your organs.
Quercetin has been linked to a reduction in liver tumors and other cancers. Though the research is ongoing, signs are indicating that Quercetin may be an important natural cancer fighter.
Mulberry tea contains chlorophyll which cleanses the liver. Chlorophyll is the green pigment that we see in leaves, algae, seaweed, and vegetables and is a great oxygenator in your body. It appears to avert the absorption of dioxins.
Dioxins are the toxins that are found in many of the foods you eat. So, chlorophyll basically works to detoxify your body of toxins taken in through food as well as detoxify your body of already existing toxins.
Chlorophyll is absorbed into the bloodstream and passes through the liver, thus promoting the liver detoxification and cleansing process. The liver uses enzymes to convert the toxins into a less toxic element that can be eliminated by the body. Studies suggest that a diet with chlorophyll may substantially reduce human liver cancer.
Mulberry leaves also contain DNJ (1-deoxynojirimycin) which provides anti-oxidant properties and anti-diabetic effects that lessen lipid biosynthesis. The antioxidant helps to prevent and eliminate cellular damage caused by free radicals. Research has shown that DNJ can inhibit liver inflammation, especially in cases relating to alcohol-induced liver damage.
How to Select Mulberry Tea
Opt for the loose-leaf mulberry tea. It contains the essential oils that are not found in the bag tea. The high quality loose-leaf can be used up to four times.