Many of you know that diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure are chronic conditions that often occur together. In fact, the Center for Disease Control reports that 62% of American baby boomers have 2 or more of these chronic health problems.
There is strong interdependence between these diseases. A typical scenario might be: my high cholesterol raises my blood pressure, because of my high blood pressure, I exercise less, because I’m not getting as much exercise my weight balloons, gaining weight triggers diabetes, higher cholesterol and high blood pressure and the whole unhealthy cycle begins again at a higher level.
It’s a tough cycle to break once you get in it. It reminds me of the children’s game, Whack-a-mole. Just when you start to get a handle on one of the conditions, the other one spikes, aggravates the one you’ve been working on and you’re back to square one.
One of the reasons that white mulberry is one of my favorite tonic herbs for modern lifestyles is that according to traditional Chinese medicine, it helps with all four of these chronic conditions, high blood sugar, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Most of you have already heard about the research indicating that white mulberry tea is beneficial for people suffering from diabetes and obesity. Dr. Oz generated a lot of positive press late last year by featuring our white mulberry tea on his show and he described in detail the benefits for weight loss and helping manage blood sugar.
This week I ran onto a new study in the International Journal of Pharmacology on the effect of white mulberry on high blood pressure. Here’s the link to the research for those of you who are scientifically inclined,
I’ll summarize briefly. White mulberry has been used in traditional medicine around the world to treat high blood pressure but there has been almost no scientific research to explore if this makes sense from a pharmacological perspective. This new study examines specifically the effect of white mulberry extract on high blood pressure.
The researchers used the same methodology used to test high blood pressure medications. First they tested the effects of various doses of white mulberry on live animals and then they took tissue samples of blood vessels and heart muscles and studied the effects of white mulberry specifically on the tissue samples.
They found, as predicted by traditional medicine, that white mulberry does indeed lower blood pressure and that the effect is dose dependent, that is, the more you take, the lower your blood pressure goes.
In the tissue studies they tried to determine what physiological mechanism causing the reduced blood pressure. It’s a bit complex for a summary, but they found that white mulberry blocks some of the electrical signals causing contractions of heart tissues and blood vessels thus reducing blood pressure.
They compared the results to the drug verapamil because the mechanism seems to be similar to the mechanism used by verapamil and, in fact, they found white mulberry extract to be equally effective. That’s big news because verapamil is so effective it’s on the World Health Organizations list of the most important medications. Now, if I could just get them to add white mulberry to the list!
There have been no adverse symptoms reported to white mulberry tea. But, since the active mechanism seems to be similar to that of verpamil, I think the same cautions applied to verapamil make sense with white mulberry until further research is available. So, be careful consuming white mulberry if you have heart arrhythmia or angina.
Now, my usual disclaimers, I’m not a doctor and I sell white mulberry tea for a living. So do not take any of this as medical advice. You should always consult your physician before beginning taking any herbal supplement and before discontinuing any doctor prescribed medications. Be sure to research any possible interactions with other herbs or medicines you may be taking. This was an animal study not a human trial and certainly more research is needed, but the results are encouraging and seem to back up the traditional medicine.
So, another good reason to make white mulberry tea your mealtime drink of choice. Here’s the link to buy white mulberry tea direct from our website,
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Have a great day!
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