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White mulberry is native to China, and it has been used to help treat diabetes. Among many anti-diabetic components, deoxynojirimycin (DNJ) acts as an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor that inhibits glucose digestion in the small intestine and lower glucose levels in the bloodstream. Research studies have demonstrated that the phytochemicals in white mulberry make the plant a viable alpha-glucosidase inhibitor. These findings suggest that white mulberry leaves or shoots, white mulberry extract, and DNJ-enriched products may help prevent or treat impaired glycemic control.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
August 30, 2018