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What is Ashitaba?
Ashitaba is a lush green plant that has its origins on the island of island of Hachijo Japan where the warm tropical currents pass by on their way North to meet the cold Arctic waters of the Pacific. Its name means "tomorrow' leaf". aptly termed due to its ability to reproduce its green stem and leaf almost on a daily basis.
Ashitaba's scientific name, Angelica Keiskei Koidzme, comes from the Latin name for "angel", most likely due to its "heavenly", well known health benefits that have given it such notoriety. The inhabitants of Hachijo Island are well known for their longevity, having some of the longest life spans on earth (i.e. many commonly live well into their 90's in god health). Ashitaba has been an integral part of their diet for hundreds of years.
When all aspects of their life style were analyzed, the researchers found that the consumption of Ashitaba was a heavy contribution to their healthy, extended lives. Even the local residents of the island refer to Ashitaba as the "longevity herb". As more research has been conducted on this special strain of angelica, Ashitaba has been attracting more and more attention from the scientific community.
The oldest written record of the benefits of Ashitaba appear to be more than 2,000 years old. Of the many thousands of known plants, Ashitaba belongs to the elite 1% category called "medicinal plant".
From the Ming Dynasty to the Shogun warriors, the Ashitaba plant traveled from China to Japan and was a well guarded secret of strength and longevity for hundreds of years among the classes of society.
Ashitaba is a true functional Super Food, containing a vast spectrum of beneficial properties and a unique array of phytonutrients, including 11 vitamins, 13 minerals, chlorophyII, enzymes, carotene, germanium, saponins, proteins, plant fiber, glycosides, coumarins, and a potent, rare class of flavonoids called CHALCONE.
CHALCONE is the most characteristic element that we found from Hachi Jo Island Ashitaba. (Please check our FAQ for more information about Chalcone.)
Total weight of Chalcone in 100g of Percent Ashitaba Powder/Tablet
Tested by Osaka University of Pharmacy,
Balanced Nutrition -
Besides the unique substance - Chalcone, Hachi Jo Island Ashitaba also contains protein, amino acid , vitamins and minerals. Compared to other vegetables, it contains more potassium, a mineral with diuretic effect.
Composition of Nutrients in Ashitaba Powder/Tablets (100g)
|Vitamin A||21300 IU|
|Vitamin B1||1.15 mg|
|Vitamin B2||1.97 mg|
|Vitamin B6||1.11 mg|
|Vitamin B12||0.04 µg|
|Vitamin C||330 mg|
|Vitamin E||25.6 mg|
|Biotin (Vitamin H)||28.5 µg|
|Food Fiber||28.1 g|
|Total Carotene||38.3 mg|
|Pantothenic Acid||3.48 mg|
The above analysis was done by Japan Food Research Laboratories, authorized by Japanese Government.
Nutritional Fact Comparison of Hachi Jo Island Ashitaba (100g edible parts) and Other Vegetables:
|Phosphorus||Iron||Sodium||Potassium||Vitamin A||Vitamin B||Vitamin B2||Vitamin C||Carotene|
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