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The Story of Mulberry Leaf

The highly versatile mulberry leaf has been used for thousands of years in its native China, and mulberry leaf health benefits are now being recognized worldwide. Learn about why White Mulberry Leaf Tea is more than just a refreshingly tasty herbal infusion.

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The Story of Mulberry Leaf

Aumtea’s White Mulberry Leaf Tea is a plant native to China, and is also cultivated in the forested hills of Northern Thailand. Known as an ancient and effective herbal medicine, White Mulberry Leaf usage dates back over 4,000 years. Mulberry leaf is considered a classic herb that is commonly utilized in traditional Chinese medicine, and is gradually becoming more known worldwide. Its pleasant taste and the multitude of mulberry leaf health benefits make this a standout herbal beverage.

The History of Mulberry Leaf Tea

For centuries, mulberry leaf tea was served as a choice beverage in the imperial courts of China, Japan and Korea, recognized both for its taste as well as its healing properties. In fact, leaves of the mulberry tree have long been an important source of medicine, used to make medicinal teas, tinctures and tablets to treat a variety of health conditions. A key herb in traditional Chinese medicine, mulberry leaf is known for its anti-diabetic, anticancer, cardio-protective, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and cholesterol-lowering effects.

The Many Uses of the Mulberry Tree

The Mulberry Tree is a stunningly versatile plant with wide-ranging benefits as a source of food and medicine, as well as a key agricultural resource. For example, the leaves of the mulberry tree are vital to the silk industry. Mulberry leaves, such as those from the morus alba or White Mulberry Tree, are the sole source of food for the silkworms that produce the famously soft silk fibers used to make fine silks. Mulberry leaves are also used as agricultural feed, particularly for dairy-producing livestock.

And that’s not all! Mulberry fruit is also known not only for its sweet and sour taste, but also its nutritional properties, and is cultivated to be consumed raw, or to produce wine, juice, and jams. Even the bark of the mulberry tree is a valuable resource, as the inner bark of the White Mulberry Tree was an essential element in the development of China’s paper industry.

Mulberry Leaf Health Benefits

Mulberry leaf health benefits are as wide-ranging as the uses of the tree from which they sprout. Scientific research, including by the Mulberry Research Center of Thailand, has discovered that mulberry leaf is packed with 18 amino acids, minerals and vitamins such as calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc and vitamin C. Mulberry leaf also has a high content of phytosterols, which reduces the absorption of cholesterol, in addition to an abundance of flavonoids, which contributes to its antioxidant and antiviral properties.

The use of white mulberry leaf as an anti-diabetic has been recorded in Chinese medicinal texts from as early as 500 AD! Recent studies have further examined the potential benefits of white mulberry leaf on stabilizing blood sugar levels for people living with diabetes. Initial studies have identified the presence of certain alkaloids in mulberry leaf which act as glucose inhibitors, thereby lowering blood sugar levels.

While modern science is learning more about this time-tested ancient beverage, popular interest in white mulberry leaf tea is steadily increasing. Loaded with healthy nutrients and always cultivated 100% free from pesticides and additives, we know you’ll love the smooth, earthy aroma of Aumtea’s White Mulberry Leaf Tea.

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