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Pharmacological Properties of Morus nigra L. (Black Mulberry) as A Promising Nutraceutical Resource

College of Pharmacy, Dongguk University-Seoul, Goyang 10326, Korea
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Nutrients 2019, 11(2), 437; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11020437
Received: 30 January 2019 / Revised: 13 February 2019 / Accepted: 18 February 2019 / Published: 20 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nutraceutical, Nutrition Supplements and Human Health)
Mulberry plants belonging to the Moraceae family have been grown for the purpose of being the nutrient source for silk worm and raw materials for the preparation of jams, marmalades, vinegars, juices, wines, and cosmetics. Morus nigra L. (black mulberry) is native to Southwestern Asia, and it has been used as a traditional herbal medicine for animals and humans. In this article, recent research progress on various biological and pharmacological properties of extracts, fractions, and isolated active constituents from different parts of M. nigra are reviewed. M. nigra exhibited a wide-spectrum of biological and pharmacological therapeutic effects including antinociceptive, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-melanogenic, antidiabetic, anti-obesity, anti-hyperlipidemic, and anticancer activities. M. nigra also showed protective effects against various human organs and systems, mainly based on its antioxidant capacity. These findings strongly suggest that M. nigra can be used as a promising nutraceutical resource to control and prevent various chronic diseases. View Full-Text
Keywords: Morus nigra L.; black mulberry; nutraceutical; pharmacological properties Morus nigra L.; black mulberry; nutraceutical; pharmacological properties
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Lim, S.H.; Choi, C.-I. Pharmacological Properties of Morus nigra L. (Black Mulberry) as A Promising Nutraceutical Resource. Nutrients 2019, 11, 437.

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