Ashitaba is a remarkable plant exhibiting the benefits of both land and marine plants. It is a dietary treasure, containing eleven vitamins, thirteen minerals, chlorophyll, enzymes, carotene, germanium, saponins, proteins, plant fibers, glycosides, coumarins, and an unique and rare class of flavonoids called chalcones.
Ashitaba is high in chlorophyll, also called “Green Blood”, because it has a similar molecular structure to that of our blood. It helps the internal organs, the stomach, and the brain work better and has exhibited anti-allergy actions. Natural organic germanium, in Ashitaba, is known to promote production of Interferon which is a defensive material produced by our body to prevent viruses and bacterias from penetrating into our cells. Germanium is valuable in the purification of blood by keeping away harmful hydrogen ions in the blood, creating an alkaline PH, increasing oxygen, and by activating blood cell replacements.
Research published in Nutraceuticals World, Sept 2002, astonishingly showed that Ashitaba out-performed all other herbs including green tea that were tested for their antioxidant potential based on the ORAC guide (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity).
Ashitaba plants possess phenolic compounds active as an Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti- Turmorigenic, Anti- Carcinogenic, Anti-Microbial, and a Detoxifier. The Biomedical Group of Takara Shuzo found that the powerful compounds contained in Ashitaba can enhance production of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), which, is an incredible process. NGF is a biological substance which is essential in the development and survival of certain neurons in both the central and peripheral nervous systems.
In one study, using 1% Ashitaba dry powders, a 20% increase of NGF concentration was noted after only four days!
On the Japanese island of Hachijo, residents have Ashitaba as part of their diet, and typically have some of the longest life spans on earth. The plant has been an integral part of the diet on this island for hundreds of years, and is the only known plant to contain a substances called chalcones, discovered when scientists began to analyze the diet and environment in order to determine the reasons for the health and longevity observed.
Ashitaba is historically referred to locally by the residents of the island as the “longevity herb”, and is one of natures most dynamic nutritional food sources, and has a vast spectrum of other beneficial properties which augment a number of systems in the body, especially the immune system and the circulatory system.
Ashitaba may help to:
- Reduce blood pressure
- Promote blood cleansing and circulation
- Regulate cholesterol level
- Regulate blood sugar level
- Reduce joint & muscular pain
- Enhance liver & kidney function
- Support digestive & G.I. health
- Anti-viral & anti-bacterial actions
- Suppress cell growth abnormalities
- Inhibit general inflammation
- Strengthen the immune system
- Relieve smooth muscle spasms in the arteries & bronchial tubes
- Enhance smooth bowel movements
- Remove toxic wastes from body
- Improve visual acuity
- Peri-menopausal relief
- Smoother skin texture
- Aid natural sleep cycles