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What is Ashitaba?

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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.


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Ashitaba Spouts
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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

318.9 mg

Tested by Osaka University of Pharmacy, Japan
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Rich, Complete 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)

Constituent

Contents
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
Manganese 216 mg
Pantothenic Acid 3.48 mg
Calcium 478 mg
Iron 31.9 mg
Potassium 4.06 g
Sodium 365 mg
Protein 36.8 g
Coumarin 336 mg

The above analysis was done by Japan Food Research Laboratories, authorized by Japanese Government.

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Nutritional Fact Comparison of Hachi Jo Island Ashitaba (100g edible parts) and Other Vegetables:

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Fiber

Calcium

Phosphorus Iron Sodium Potassium Vitamin A Vitamin B Vitamin B2 Vitamin C Carotene
@ mg mg mg mg mg mg IU mg mg mg mg
  Ashitaba 1.5 65 6.5 1.0 60 540 2100 0.1 0.24 55 3700
  Kidney Bean 0.9 60 50 1.0 1 280 270 0.11 0.13 9 480
  Pumpkin 1.0 17 35 0.4 1 330 340 0.07 0.06 15 620
  Cabbage 0.6 43 27 0.4 6 210 10 0.05 0.05 44 18
  Cucumber 0.4 24 37 0.4 2 210 85 0.04 0.04 13 150
  Celery 0.5 34 34 0.2 24 360 160 0.03 0.03 6 290
  Turnip 0.6 30 22 0.3 14 240 0 0.03 0.02 15 0
  Onion 0.5 15 30 0.4 2 160 0 0.04 0.01 7 0
  Tomato 0.4 9 18 0.3 2 230 220 0.05 0.03 20 390
  Carrots 1.0 39 36 0.8 26 400 4100 0.07 0.05 6 7300
  Green Onion 0.8 45 20 0.6 1 180 85 0.04 0.06 14 150
  Spinach 0.8 55 60 307 21 740 1700 0.13 0.23 65 3100

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