5 Facts About Ashitaba Plants That Will Impress Your Friends

Wow. I'm just overwhelmed by how so many people now have tried taking ashitaba and mentioned that their health has become better. In this article, let me share with you some facts about the POWER OF ASHITABA as cited from the Japan Bio Science Laboratory (JBSL) website, Takara Bio Inc., and the US National Library of Medicine (National Institution of Health).

But first, in case you don't know yet, here's a short intro about ashitaba:
  • Ashitaba is a plant native to the lush Izu Islands on the Pacific coast of Japan, where its leaves have been consumed as a food and medicine for centuries.
  • Full botanical species name is Angelica keiskei (Miquel) Koidzumi (Apiaceae/Umbelliferae).
  • The ashitaba leaves look like the leaves of celery, with the stems attache.
  • When you break the ashitaba stalks, you will find the rich golden sap called chalcone (pronounced as kal′kōn), which contains a potent cache of 20 unique flavonoids. The chalcone supplies many of ashitaba's great benefits!

Now that you're succinctly briefed, let's proceed to the meat of the post:

5 Facts About Ashitaba Chalcone That Will Impress Your Friends

1. Manage Weight and Fight Obesity by Improving Fat Metabolism

According to PubMed, clinical investigations have discerned that two out of the 20 flavonoids (4-hydroxyderricin and xanthoangelol) in ashitaba chalcone have the most aggressive action in reducing amounts of visceral fat and subcutaneous fat. If you want to lose weight the healthy way, take Ashitaba Chalcone Plus.

Read more: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23681764

Quote from JBSL: “Medical science has shown clearly that fat—in particular the belly (visceral) fat that accumulates around the organs—secretes hormones that interrupt the healthy function of the metabolic, reproductive, circulatory and immune systems. We are confident that supplements containing Ashitaba Chalcone Powder gives the public a safe option in the toolkit to dramatically reduce visceral and subcutaneous fat and weight.”

2. Improve GI Condition

NCBI indicates that "the large intake of Ashitaba products may supply dietary fiber and thus improve gastrointestinal condition through the increased excretion of feces containing high level of bile acids."

Read more: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17616000

3. Prevent and Treat Osteoporosis

Takara Bio Inc. (President & CEO: Ikunoshin Kato, Ph.D.) has announced that Biotechnology Laboratories is the first lab in the world to discover that components of Angelica keiskei (the ashitaba plant) significantly increase the production of BMP-2 in osteoblast. A bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) is expected to play a major role in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.


4. Prevent Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of biochemical and physiological abnormalities associated with the development of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. The best way to prevent is by eating healthy choices of meals and having regular exercise. Many people are diagnosed with metabolic syndrome.

To reduce blood pressure significantly, taking ashitaba chalcones will be a great help to increase the expression of the adiponectin gene and the production of adiponectin in 3T3-L1 adipocytes thereby preventing metabolic syndrome.

Read more: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22738967

5. Fight Diabetes

Ashitaba chalcone is considered as a health food that maintains the blood sugar level and induce skeletal muscle-associated glucose uptake. Ashitaba contains chlorophyll which promotes wound healing especially for diabetes sufferers.

Read more: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20938990

Wrap Up

To sustain good health, you can continue eating some food that are hard to ignore (unhealthy stuff) but mind the portion. Try to eat them in lesser servings and in lesser occurrences. Adapt to healthier recipes and enjoy eating food while taking ashitaba.

If you don't have the ashitaba plant, you can take ashitaba leaves and ashitaba chalcone in powder form individually or mixed! :) Interested? See details on how to order here.

Ashitaba Chalcones Can Help You Lose Weight

Many people have been asking this question: "Can taking ashitaba help me lose weight?" Short answer is YES. I bet that most readers would be interested to know how and why. Backed up by research and studies since 2010, this post tells you about the study that concludes to the account that ashitaba fights with visceral and subcutaneous fat.

Ashitaba Chalcone Plus (Powdered Yellow Sap) as Effective Loss Weight Agent

Obesity and its complications has been penetrating many nations. A short stroll in a grocery store will make you see and realize that a lot of products being sold now are unhealthy. Sadly, a great number of the population just do not care to read the label and understand its contents. Being health-conscious even at a young age is important. Regretting about not controlling food intake later will not merit any good.

If you are a sufferer of obesity, I can bet that you have tried one or more fad diets that really did not work. Magic pills, diet pills, slimming therapies, and other voodoo styles that promise to make you lose weight did not work either. These solutions can only get you short-term effect, especially when they are consumed in a short period of time and good diet plus regular exercise are not practiced.

Japan Bio Science Laboratory (JBSL) announced in 2010 that their Ashitaba Chalcone Plus (Powdered Yellow Sap) has been found as an effective natural tool in combination with healthy diet and exercise to successfully address the obesity issue. These health issues targeted are those that severely affect health, such as abundant visceral and subcutaneous fat.

Ashitaba: Angelica Keiskei Koidzumi's Chalcones vs Visceral Fat (Belly Fat)

A group study has been conducted in Walnet Creek, California, USA that determined the finding regarding weight loss. Participants in the group study were 26 slightly obese male and female patients with a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 30. These participants took 200 mg/d of Ashitaba Chalcone Plus as an active ingredient after dinner for eight weeks.

After the eight-week period, they were measured via CT scan and visceral and subcutaneous fat proved to be reduced. On the observation of the researchers, the participants lost fats particularly in the area of the weight and the hips. They noted the rate of change in visceral fat was greater than the subcutaneous fat, and attributed this to the fat-burning promotion and fat accumulation-inhibition effects of the ingredient in Angelica Keiskei Koidzumi.

For more information about Ashitaba Chalcone Plus, click here.

Your Best Weapons Ever: Ashitaba Health Capsule and Ashitaba Chalcone Plus

AshitabaPlant.com launches two all-new products: Ashitaba Health Capsule and Ashitaba Chalcone Plus.


1.  Ashitaba Health Capsule (Ashitaba Leaves and Stems)

The "Ashitaba Health Capsule" acts as more than a dietary food supplement that is complete with organic herbal blends that enhance energy, endurance and recovery, and supports calm and overall well-being.

This product is most recommended for everyone, even those who are not suffering from any sickness consciously. The Ashitaba Health Capsule is created using the principals of formulation founded by Japan Bio Science Laboratory Co., Ltd (JBSL). Hence, you can be rest assured that the ashitaba capsules inside the bottle are made from parts of the real ashitaba plant (Angelica keiskei koidzumi).



The "Ashitaba Health Capsule" is also an immune, digestive and awesome support for general health. It is an ALL-IN-ONE SOLUTION that will lead you to "feeling just okay" to "feeling great."

2.  Ashitaba Chalcone Plus (Chalcones Powdered Sap)

The "Ashitaba Chalcone Plus" contains CHALCONES, the yellow sap that's taken out from the insides of the ashitaba plant. The sap from ashiaba contains more than 20 potent and rare flavonoids.


The Ashitaba Chalcone Plus is most recommended for those who are suffering from obesity, overweight, hypertension, adult onset diabetes mellitus and dyslipidemia.  This is the hottest product yet, containing top-of-the-line ingredients that give out premium nutritional support!

The nutritional value of ASHITABA exceeds even the healthiest vegetables. Still, it's best to consult your physician regarding the adjustment of your medications when significant improvement of the above conditions are observed as evidenced by laboratory examinations.

Ashitaba Food Supplements

Each one of these two ashitaba food supplements represents a great weapon in battling diseases, sicknesses and other weaknesses as they promote holistic health. With new improved formulas and improved packaging as against the old ashitaba capsules available in this site, you can be more confident in the VALUE you're getting! So again, if you're asking where to buy ashitaba capsules in the Philippines, this post should answer the question. :)

The Story Behind: Ashitaba Cultivation

In the cultivation of Ashitaba, JBSL is committed to organic farming. Ashitaba is hard to grow in tropical countries as the right temperature is key. And even in Japan, there are just a few selected areas where this plant can successfully be propagated. Hachijo Island is one. Most of the lands in Japan today are contaminated with radiation.

From my recall, this is partly the reason why JBSL faithfully looked for an ideal location to follow the organic agricultural procedure and cultivate Ashitaba with time and effort elsewhere—in Indonesia.

JBSL's ashitaba cultivation began in 1994 in Indonesia, where it's relatively cool in summer and warm in winter with high annual precipitation. Still, finding an ideal location there did not become easy for them. Finally, they ended up cultivating a farm on highland at an altitude of 1000m, where it is relatively cooler throughout the year.

At the farmland, they got their own ashitaba cultivation method that's best suitable for Indonesian weather. No agricultural chemical is being used at all, and every process of soil making, sowing, permanent planting and harvest is being done by hand with great care.

JBSL has two farmlands and factories, one each in Surabaya in Eastern Java and Lombok Island. These facilities enable them to provide ashitaba materials of high quality consistently. Security of safety and quality of products are done by thorough quality control in Japan as well as in Indonesia.

Now, here's the GOOD NEWS:

I am appointed as Authorized Online Reseller by the NUTRACEUTICAL DIVISION of SURGIKLEEN INC., the duly authorized Exclusive Importer and Distributor  by Japan Bio Science Laboratory (JBSL); Osaka, Japan for its complete line of ASHITABA Products. My selling rights, in effect, give all my readers the chance to experience and get the ultimate Ashitaba Health Capsule and Ashitaba Chalcone Plus—at very good prices.

Note: The same products are being sold in Japan for over PHp 2500. I have researched some more sources selling ashitaba products and all prices are near that as well.

Your Passport to Savings and Improved Health


For my readers (yes, you!), the Ashitaba Health Capsule is available at PHp 800 per bottle. Each bottle contains 90 capsules. Recommended dosage is 3-4 capsules a day or as directed by a health professional.

The Ashitaba Chalcone Plus is available at PHp 1350 per box. Each box contains 60 capsules. Each capsule is composed of 100 milligrams of ashitaba chalcone powder and 25 milligrams of olive leaf extract. Also, it contains Calcium Panthotenate, Niacin, Vitamin B1 and B2, Vitamin E, Dextrin, Clcium Stearate, Tricalcium Phospate and HPMC. Recommended dosage is to take one capsule two times a day.

By simple calculation, one bottle or one box of these Ashitaba Food Supplements would last a month if you're taking the ashitaba capsules regularly.

Why should you get more than one bottle/box?

Taking ashitaba capsules daily fuels energy levels without sugar, caffeine, gluten, dairy, soy, GMOs or artificial ingredients. These ashitaba capsules contain a full spectrum of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants for a premium experience and health advantage.

In addition, these products will serve as your your ticket to modern supplementation that is safe, easy and efficacious. Take a look at what you can do with ashitaba capsules in the navigation links on the right section of this blog.

Essentially, these ashitaba capsules enable you to:

Support your weight-loss regimen - Instead of taking the capsules with water as you do normally with other traditional medicines, feel free to add the ashitaba powder to your health smoothies. It’s calorie free!

Stay healthy all year long - Support your immune system with ashitaba contents.

Wake up feeling great - Ashitaba serves as a true friend wherever you go.

Save money - Well, health is wealth! 2 capsules a day of ashitaba is affordable, absorbable, and easy—no pain, all gain!

Is it okay to combine Ashitaba Chalcone Plus and Ashitaba Health Capsules?

It is NEVER BAD to combine Ashitaba Chalcone Plus and Ashitaba Health Capsule. Each one has something that is not in the other.

The Ashitaba Chalcone Plus has very high concentration of chalcone plus the olive leaf extract, while the Ashitaba Health Capsule has lesser chalcone but more vitamins and fibers.

In short, the "Young Generation" need not take the Ashitaba Chalcone Plus BUT the "Baby Boomer Generation" may opt to take BOTH as prescribed.

The whole idea is that the "Young Generation" can remain healthy and protect themselves with the "bad food" and eating habits that we have today. Those who cannot eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables in this day and age and baby boomers should work extra hard to reverse all those things we did in "bad eating" before by making up with both Ashitaba products.

How to Order Ashitaba Health Capsule and Ashitaba Chalcone Plus / Shipping and Payment Procedures

1. Finalize your order and fill out this order form.


2. Once your order is received, you will be given the account number and name where you would deposit the payment as well as the amount including the shipping charges through your email address provided. 
  • Shipping fees will be shouldered by the buyer.
    Metro Manila: PHp 115
    Outside Metro Manila/Provincial: PHp 140
  • Payments are accepted to be deposited at BANCO DE ORO or CHINABANK (whichever you prefer).
3. Upon confirmation of deposit, all orders will be shipped via 2GO.
  • Shipping is only Mondays-Fridays. (e.g. When payment/transaction is confirmed on a Friday, shipping will be scheduled the following Monday.)
4. Package will arrive 1-2 days (for Metro Manila) and 3-4 days (Provincial).

If you have questions, feel free to drop a comment below or email me at ashitabaplant-info@yahoo.com.

Invest in your health and life now!

Ashitaba Plant Insights - Interesting Analytics About Ashitaba

Ashitaba Plant Insights

It has been about 20 months now since I launched this site. Since the time I was planning on how to feed information to people through this blog, I have always been thrilled. Being a channel that provides helpful information about ashitaba health benefits and everything I know about the ashitaba plant makes this site grow more each day. 


I'd like to thank readers for that. In this post, I'll be sharing insights on this blog taken from Google Analytics (date range: August 2012 to April 2014).

Who are interested in ashitaba plant?

Age

The number of people who becomes aware about ashitaba plant and its benefits is increasing. I am able to say this because of the increasing number of page views every month. Three age groups comprise of the sum of my readers: 55 to 64-year-old folks comprise of 39.53%; 44 to 54-year-olds, 34.88%; and 25 to 34-year-olds, 25.58%. This indicates that younger individuals are not that concerned about health or only a few of them search the web to know about ashitaba.

Gender

In terms of gender, there are surprisingly more females who visit the site. The result for this demographics is that a whopping 87% of viewers are female and the remaining percentage of the reading population consists of males. It's also interesting to note that the top 5 categories of visitors are associated as movie lovers, technophiles, TV lovers, music lovers, pop music fans and shutterbugs.
Location

Geographical-wise, 77.89% of the visitors are from the Philippines; 10.72%, from the United States; 1.06%, from Canada; and the rest of the countries that made it to the top 10 are: India, Singapore, Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Guam and Saudi Arabia.

Where do readers start finding and learning about ashitaba?

Apparently, the most popular post of all time is Multiple Health Benefits of Miraculous Plant: Ashitaba. I thought people get it right, as this is the post containing the basic overview of the major health benefits that one can get out of taking ashitaba regularly.

The second most popular is the Difference Between Japan Ashitaba and Gynura Procumbens. Yup, I agree that this is a must-know, since many people are confused and doubtful whether they are getting the real ashitaba from Japan or just the local version.

Third most popular is How Ashitaba Works as a Super Food. All the succeeding posts are related to this one, making it the third best starting point.

Wrap Up

That's all for now. I guess that based on these, the conclusion is that females from the Philippines whose ages are ranging from 55-64 are most interested about ashitaba plant. Does that sound and seem right? What say you? Feel free to post your comments below.

My next post will be about the new ashitaba products that will replace the current ashitaba capsules being sold in this site locally. These new items are winners considering price for value and the quality. So you may expect to get greater health benefits from ashitaba (Angelica keiskei) plant parts and also sustainability of use from the new products.

Is Ashitaba's Production of Alkaline in the Stomach Bad and Harmful?

A couple of weeks ago, someone contacted me and ordered ashitaba capsules. Within a few minutes, he cancelled the order after hearing from a doctor he knows that ashitaba may be bad for our body because it makes the stomach alkaline. This suppresses the acids that supposedly break down food for digestion. In essence, an alkaline stomach cannot digest food.

 Image courtesy of dream designs / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Many people may not be correctly informed on the issue. In this post, we will try to analyze the truth and science behind this and try to answer the question posted in the title. Feel free to share your own understanding or correct me if I get it wrong in the comments below for a healthy discussion.

Alkaline and Acid in the Stomach

Before anything else, let us lay down these facts:
  • Our stomach is very acidic and the PH level is around 4. The amount and level of acid must remain adequate since this is necessary for proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients.
  • As we consume food, bacterias and viruses along with the food are sent to our stomach. The primary gastric acid secreted by the stomach known as hydrochloric acid (HCL) sterilizes the food we eat and prevents harmful bacteria from entering the GI tract. 
  • Carbon dioxide, water and sodium chloride or potassium chloride are the ingredients that make hydrochloric acid. HCL destroys the bacteria and parasites, helps in digestion and also absorbs protein.
Next, we ask:

  • What happens when there is too much acid in the stomach? What causes too much acid?

    When you have too much stomach acid, you are likely to experience abdominal discomfort, such as heartburn, indigestion and stomach pain. The cause mostly points to diet. If you eat too much acidic food like meat, dairy products, processed food and acidic beverages like soda and coffee, you will tend to have too much acid.

    Without an abundant reserve of alkaline minerals found mostly in fresh vegetables, the body's buffering systems become compromised, hence acidity results.

  • What happens to alkaline when it is in the stomach, which is highly acidic?
    I've mentioned in the facts above that the stomach must be acid for proper digestion, right? So is taking alkaline food bad? Let's insert ashitaba (Angelica keiskei), a high alkaline veggie, into the question: Is taking ashitaba bad and harmful for the stomach because it produces alkaline?

    The answer is no, and frankly, I'm quite surprised.
Apart from research via online articles, I got in contact with other ashitaba suppliers and researchers to inquire about what they think about alkaline being produced by ashitaba in our stomach. The following lists my interesting findings:
  • When we eat alkaline food, the PH level inside the stomach goes up. This commands the stomach to secrete more hydrochloric acid to regulate the pH level as an instantly-as-needed basis (in other words, "bring back the pH level to 4"). 
  • The more alkaline in our stomach ingested by substances we take, the more HCL will be secreted to maintain the stomach pH value. This makes the stomach become acidic again (back to normal). This is because alkaline or acid produced by the body will have an equal and opposite acid or alkaline produced by the body; therefore, there is no net gain and it seems like this is never-ending.
Conclusion

To conclude, there's really no problem in eating taking alkaline food such as ashitaba because pH level in our stomach always gets normalized by our own body. As long as you consume it at a reasonable amount and eat variety of food, everything will balance out. We also learned that appropriate stomach acid levels are crucial for our digestion, immune system and for adequate nutrient status.

If you want to read more about this topic, you can refer to the following links where explanations are less technical:
http://www.naturalhealthschool.com/acid-alkaline.html
http://primaldocs.com/opinion/the-truth-about-stomach-acid/
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xGz6GiXPdBtCen0L0LehoexEDsMFMoffCKQ3RuqD5q4/edit?hl=en_GB

I'm thanking Mr. Jaime T. Licauco for bringing up the issue.

Starting the Year Right with Ashitaba - Plus New Ashitaba Sources!



I've been busy with a lot of things and events recently, yet it's never too late to greet my readers a HAPPY NEW YEAR! :)

Speaking of "New Year," I know there are a lot of people who have a list of New Year's resolutions. Pushed by media and peers, most of us have promised ourselves to keep a healthier lifestyle and diet this year.

I'm taking a wild guess that everyone wants to become healthy. Why? It's a popular pledge that I've been seeing a lot in social media—but thanks to temptations here and there (think ice cream, cakes, other sweets, fatty food, and all things unhealthy appearing as appetizing and yummy), it's one pledge that usually gets nowhere or at least is kept until the end of January.

Ashitaba Daily

To make your resolution count, why don't you turn it into a more concrete agenda? Take time to do a fresh start from the time you read this entry and decide to take ashitaba every day. To get off on the right foot, arm yourself with the benefits of ashitaba and wonder how it can be good for your body.

On other news, as I've been constantly doing more research about ashitaba, I found great sources of information and ashitaba products as well. These sources are not exactly new but this is the first time I'm sharing them on this blog.

Great Ashitaba Sources Found

Many people have contacted me to inquire about where to get ashitaba plant (in pots), where to get ashitaba tea, where to get ashitaba leaves, where to get chalcones (the liquid sap extracted from ashitaba) and where to get ashitaba in capsule form.

My answers: if you want tea, you can buy tea bags as packaged in Amazon. If you want to buy the ashitaba plant (whether in pot, the leaves, the stem, including the chalcones), you can search via sulit.com.ph and look for real ashitaba or if really interested, ask me for the local address. Ashitaba seeds can be bought from Horizon Herbs (packet of 20).

Some interested buyers are out of the Philippines and sad to say, the shipping cost is too high (way higher than the ashitaba product), making the purchase not worth it to ship from here. I have good news for those folks: Nizar Joe from Lombok, Indonesia has commented in one of my posts and he told me that they have a vast plantation of ashitaba. View this site to know more.


You may inquire about the prices for their authentic quality ashitaba products via +62 8180 4063653 or his email address nizarjoe[at]me.com.

How I wish we have more locals here propagating ashitaba. In the Philippines, I am glad to know that studies have began though to know more about the impact or effect of ashitaba on users. Specifically, the journal, Beneficial Effects of Ashitaba (Gynura nepalensis): Users' Testimonies, has been published last March 2013 and produced by IAMURE Multidisciplinary Research, an ISO 9001:2008 certified by the AJA Registrars Inc.

The case study was conducted by Dr. Florida U. Ursulom from Rural Improvement Club (RIC), San Clemente, Magsingal, Ilocos Sur and Engr. Ancieto R. Rialubin from University of Northern Philippines, Vigan City. To give an overview, their research was intended to "widen the dissemination of the beneficial effects of ashitaba based from testimonies of users." They used quota sampling, interviewed users with guide questions, and analyzed results by frequency, percentage and rank.

I'm sure you're most interested to know the findings. Read the whole journal here. Don't worry, it does not contain any virus so it's safe to download and save. :) Based on findings, it is concluded that "ashitaba (G. nepalensis), is a health enhancer, medicine and good for health maintenance."

Further, it is recommended that the result of this study be widely disseminated to be of help particularly to the poor, rich, pharmacologists, food businessmen, researchers, and other interested identities. I say amen to that.

You can also help start disseminating by sharing this article to friends and people you know who you think would be most interested. Thanks for reading and again, Happy New Year!

How Ashitaba Relieves Constipation Naturally

Maintaining good eating habits can do away constipation. If you happen to be choosing and consuming a lot of sugary food and processed food that highly cause constipation, don't worry. Constipation is an entirely curable and manageable condition. Ashitaba can help relieve constipation and ease the bad feeling of rectal blockage and much discomfort in your stomach.

Lack of fiber in the diet and certain medical conditions such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, stroke, Parkinson's disease and chronic idiopathic intestinal pseudo-obstruction are some of the roots of constipation.

How You Normally Treat Constipation

Over-the-counter drugs and laxatives to remedy constipation may help, but excessive and regular intake of such which may lead to overuse may pose harm to the body. If you must use laxatives, magnesium citrate liquids are the best, as these restore your body’s magnesium status as well as promote clearing of the bowels. 

A long-term solution is to train your body to take food that are high in fiber. If you're not fond of eating vegetables, that's a problem. Other alternatives are to take: flax seeds, castor oil, guavas, raisins, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, ground almonds and lemon juice. The next solution is to take organic supplements which can aid your digestion.

How Ashitaba Relieves Constipation Naturally


Ashitaba / tomorrow leaves are vegetables that are native to Japan since the ancient times. The plant's leaves and the rich golden or yellow sap coming from inside the stems called chalcones contain dietary fiber that is twice that of the spinach, getting rid of the harmful substances in the intestines and stimulating the intestinal peristalsis. Ashitaba takes charge in cleaning the intestines and also protects the stomach from gastric acids and special mucus that are secreted in the interior of the stomach resulting to a healthy state. Adding ashitaba tea or ashitaba in capsule form to your diet will help your body stay normal. 

As a digestive agent, ashitaba also contains pectin, an enzyme which acts on digesting food. Its content of carminative essential oil explains its use in easing intestinal colic and flatulence as well. If you know you have too much animal fat in your diet, clinical investigations have discerned that two—4-hydroxyderricin and xanthoangelol—have the most aggressive action in reducing amounts of visceral fat and subcutaneous fat, thereby improving overall health and cardiovascular status, plus helping to manage weight and obesity by improving fat metabolism and thus helping you be free from constipation.

Per 100 grams of raw leaves, ashitaba contains 65.0 mg calcium, 5.3 grams fiber, 1.0 mg iron, 3,700 µg beta-carotene, 2,100 µg vitamin A, 0.1 mg vitamin B1, 0.24 mg vitamin B2 and 55 mg vitamin C. Fiber from ashitaba chalcones prevents the colonization of the intestine by invading pathogenic bacteria such as yeast, E-Coli and Clostridium. It also stimulates the growth of prebiotics that produce short-chain fatty acids, vital components for activating immunity.

Other Ways to be Free from Constipation

1. Add deep green and crunchy vegetables to wake up, the blandest of salads. Try different greens like kale, red cabbage and herbs.
2. Keep yourself hydrated. Drink lots of water.
3. Pick raw vegetables over cooked ones, as side items. Aim to have many different colors and textures in your salad mix.
4. Engage in regular physical activity. Not getting enough physical activity can lead to constipation.
5. Consider high fiber cooked vegetables: peas, lentils, black beans, collard or mustard greens and potatoes. If you want them to be tastier, choose hummus, ranch dressing, honey mustard, or any dip that you enjoy.

Ashitaba for Pregnant Women and Nursing Moms

I have been asked a lot of questions about multiple health benefits of ashitaba in the past months. It seems that more people are being informed about this wonder plant. And as I mentioned in some comments published, I'm just glad to share good information and great news to readers online. Another questions that keeps on popping nowadays is if ashitaba can be any good to pregnant women and nursing moms. Is ashitaba safe to take? Does it have any side effects? Does it require prescription from the doctor? These are the questions we hope to be able to answer in this article.

Ashitaba for Pregnant Women and Nursing Moms

Before anything else, I'd also take this chance to report that I have seen bottles of DONG QUAI being sold now in GNC outlets you can find in malls. I have asked their staff about the benefits of dong quai and his answer was that it is beneficial for PMS symptoms in women. I believe I have tackled that topic before and you can read it here

However, I don't think that it's the same Japanese Dong Quai or Ashitaba that they have there because ashitaba has a lot more benefits than solely that. 

To recap, some of the benefits include improving your immunity system; relieving from Gl tract disorders, acute gastritis, chronic gastritis, carcinoma, melanoma, anemia and chronic fatigure; increasing production of sperm in men; treating asthma and common colds, hemorrhoids, and the list goes on.

But this just tells us that even other variety of plants belonging to the same family of dong quai (Angelica sinensis) are good for the health. 

The Angelica Family has a history as a medicinal herb and health food since ancient times in both China and Japan. In Mainland China and Taiwan, the root of the Angelica Senesis has been popular for thousands of years and is frequently called the "Woman's Ginseng." 

On the other hand, Japanese ASHITABA, has an anti-viral property that is not present in dong quai. The Japanese ASHITABA extract is a gentler medicine that can be taken frequently and at bed time without the stimulating effect that dong quai has, especially on women. Because it is gentler, it can be tolerated better by peri-menopausal women, pregnant women and nursing moms.

ASHITABA - Good for Lactagogue

Ashitaba is a useful lactagogue, that is, an agent which induces the secretion of mother's milk. There is an anecdotal evidence from Japan concerning a cow that was fed with ashitaba and it recorded high milk production. By analogy, ashitaba could be used with mastitis or low milk production after delivery. Also, people in Hachi Jo Island in Japan believed that "ashitaba stimulates more milk in mothers but also animals."

Furthermore, Dr. Toru Okuyama, Meiji University, College of Pharmacy discussed that ashitaba has significant amounts of Vitamin B12 found in the root and is beneficial for anemia and PMS symptoms which can include breast tenderness, bloating, sleep disturbances and irritability. 

FAQs

Is ashitaba safe to take?

Yes, ashitaba is safe to take during pregnancy and after pregnancy. The recommended dosage is four to six capsules a day as nutrition for pregnant woman’s nutrition. As the fetus grows, it consumes on nutrition from the mother’s body. So, pregnant women should take adequate balanced diet. This is to prevent miscarriage, premature delivery or handicapped babies diet to shortage of proper nutrition, especially if the expecting mom is short of vitamins, minerals and nourishment found in vegetables.

Here's a nutritional fact comparison of Hachi Jo Island Ashitaba (100g edible parts) and other vegetables:


Does consuming ashitaba have any side effects?

Just like any other vegetable we take, ashitaba is a natural product containing only minerals and plant nutrition. It will only improve our health by stimulating our body.

Does it require prescription from the doctor?

At this point, please note that medicine is still different from food supplements. Ashitaba in any form is not considered as medicine but the latter. So we draw the difference: Medicine is prescribed by a doctor for specific treatment of some particular disease or illness with an expectation of direct or indirect effect. 

On the other hand, food supplement is a kind of food that does not cause any side effect or any harmful effect, but supplies the necessary nourishment, prevent disorder of body and organ function and help them improve the natural power of recovery to maintain good health. Simply put, the answer is no. But if you're experiencing harmful effects (i.e. allergic reactions), it's best to consult with the doctor prior to taking it.

Is there harm if one stops consuming ashitaba?

There is no harm to stop halfway, but if you continue, the condition of your health will be enhanced, it will improve the function of the heart, liver, kidney, intestines and so on. As a result, the body’s natural recovering power or resistance against illness will strengthen.

Quick Ashitaba Recipe: How to Make Ashitaba Snacks and Desserts

French Toast. Hot coffee. Pasta and pizza, nothing fancy. Maybe some sweets, a counter and a wait staff who calls you "dear customer." Really, you don't need too much when it comes to treating yourself to a nice snack. Here we will share another bunch of ashitaba snack recipes you can follow right at your own kitchen: Ashitaba Donuts and Ashitaba Bavarian Cream.


Ashitaba Donuts


Ingredients:

Set A
500g flour
2 tablespoons ashitaba powder
1 tablespoon baking powder

Set B
Three eggs
150cc Milk
200g Sugar
A pinch of salt

Steps:

1. Mix all the ingredients in Set A altogether.
2. Mix all the ingredients in Set B altogether.
3. Fry to medium heat until the core is dropped with a spoon.

Ashitaba Bavarian Cream


Ingredients:

150cc Milk
1 egg yolk
30g Sugar
5g powdered gelatin
100cc fresh cream
2 teaspoons of Ashitaba powder 
a drop of vanilla extract
Fresh cream (for garnish)

Steps:

1. Melt the 5g powdered gelatin in hot water.
2. Mix the powdered ashitaba leaves with the warm milk.
3. Stir in egg yolks and sugar in 3 balls.
4. Occasionally stir the mixture and immerse them in ice water until thickened.
5. Mix in the fresh cream and decorate the whipped cream on top.

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Herbal medicine has been used since the earliest of times by our ancestors. Plants are utilized for their ability to heal and improve health maintenance. Ashitaba is just one of the super food that is simple, safe and effective.

Containing chalcones (through its yellow sap), ashitaba is abundant in anti-oxidant properties. Ashitaba is beneficial to fight against free radicals which damage molecules that promote aging, destroy tissues and promote disease in the body. Also because this Japanese herb has a rich content of chlorophyll and B12, it is recognized as a favorable herb for fighting disease and encouraging overall health. 

The Properties and Therapeutic Uses of Ashitaba By Dr. Kevin Lance:

"Ashitaba harmonizes the Spleen and Stomach. It helps to balance the Earth element. There is a patient in Texas that has Insulin-Dependent Diabetes that is currently taking the herb. He says that he now has to use less Insulin because his blood sugar no longer spikes with attacks of Hyperglycemia. Another Diabetes patient in Japan took Ashitaba for six months and his blood sugar level dropped from 400 mg./dL to 150 mg./dL. Dr. Baba at Osaka University School of Pharmacy has published a paper showing the decrease of the rate of acid production in the stomach with Ashitaba. In her paper he also showed a decrease in the severity of stress related to stomach ulcers. The extract of Angelica Keiskei Koidzumi also exhibited an anti-bacterial action." 


Ashitaba  has anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-allergy properties. It works as a solider to battle against constipation, diabetes, liver ailments, kidney ailments, cancers, and it also works as a great skin care elixir.

Note: If you are suffering from any grave level of disease, it's still best to be granted with your doctor's OK before considering to take any health supplement and herbal products as they might interact with other medications you take.
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Ashitaba Might Just Prevent You From Shrinking in Height – Find Out How


I often hear and notice people say all the time that old people shrink in height as they age. I worry this might happen to me, too. Oh, I stand only 5”2’, shorter than the average Chinese or Filipino women. So my mom always kids me that we don’t have to worry because I have an imaginary and invisible height at the top of my head—and that includes the knowledge stuck inside my brain. *laughs*

Kidding aside, let’s find out how ashitaba does prevent this shrinking in height.

I bet you’re already familiar with osteoporosis. If not, then let’s take Wikipedia’s definition for a minute. And I quote:

Osteoporosis is a disease of bones that leads to an increased risk of fracture. In osteoporosis, the bone mineral density (BMD) is reduced, bone microarchitecture deteriorates, and the amount and variety of proteins in bone are altered.

Osteoporosis does not happen overnight! It’s not dramatic like some cartoons might portray. The process goes for years and you will only see the results (shrink in adult height) after several years. Studies say that this cannot be reversed and height cannot be taken back to normal. On the other hand, humans will not be put back to the size of a baby and fit into the mother’s womb.

And how does ashitaba gets into the picture?

Ashitaba Nurtures the Bones

Ashitaba nourishes the blood, detoxifies the liver and kidneys, strengthens the cartilage, the bones and the tendons and ligaments together with fibrous tissues uniting muscles to bones or bones to bones.


The culprit here is the natural gravity on earth which pushes our height back to the ground. The tendency is for our vertebrae or the back bones to be pushed together and clumped until they get compressed. The end effect?

You guessed it right!

The person becomes shorter in height, and this has nothing to do even with osteoporosis (although that is another reason).

When a person is inflicted with osteoporosis, there is not enough new bone materials replaced and/or made. Thus there is bone loss over time. Bones tend to be smaller and weaker. Major emergency is called when the person slips in a wet bathroom floor or any ground susceptible to injuries and small breaks called compression fractures.

Ways to Fight the “Shrinking Man Syndrome”

I am not sure if this is what’s the “phenomenon” officially is titled, but for the purposes of referring to it in this article, let us name shrinking in height the “Shrinking Man Syndrome.” To fight against irrevocable hunching over or unavoidable stooping down when you grow old, here are following tips you can follow:

1. Eat food high in calcium, such as ashitaba.

Ashitaba consists of higher amounts of calcium when compared to other plant species. Ashitaba contains 65mg of calcium per 100g, with a higher calcium concentration than kidney beans (60mg calcium/100g) and spinach (55mg calcium/100g).

Other recommended food to get calcium are milk, tofu, cheese and yogurt or and drinks that are fortified with calcium like some kinds of orange juice.

2. Eat food high in fiber, such as ashitaba.

Ashitaba has a high content of dietary fiber, which may be beneficial in improving gastrointestinal condition through increased excretion of feces. This will help you stay strong and build stronger bones.

3. Have enough rest.

Sleeping for optimal hours (i.e. eight hours) nightly is good. Being less stressed prevents the liquid in the vertebra to be less compressed, making your body recover fully. Hence to prevent gravity from stealing from your frame, take all the rest you can have and stand tall always.

Wrap Up

Did you know that the average guy shrinks about 1.3 inches in his lifetime? Researches state that this is caused by normal aging processes. However, now that you know how to fight against the “Shrinking Man Syndrome,” go for the best practices to help lessen the blow. Eat the right food and arm yourself with a cup of ashitaba tea (or supplements) three to four times a week, as fiber and calcium are two essential nutrients for optimal bone health. Make sure also that your body has enough rest to avoid slipping in height as you get old.

Quick Ashitaba Recipe: Ashitaba (Three Types of Rice for Meals)

There are two types of people in this world: those who like coffee and those who like tea. Coffee people look down on tea people for being too reserved. Tea people look down on coffee people for talking way too much (that and latte art.)

Similarly, there are another set of two types of people: those who are into bread and pasta and those who prefer rice. I'm definitely the latter! Well now, there are recipes you can follow to cook rice meals with ashitaba.

In this page, you will learn about how to make Ashitaba (Three Types of Rice for Meals): Spicy Ashitaba Fried Rice, Sea Bream Rice Filled with Ashitaba and Sushi Ashitaba. Just typing the words now make me feel hungry! Awww. So let's start.

Spicy Ashitaba Fried Rice


Ingredients:

Ashitaba (tomorrow leaves) 150g
1 small piece garlic (grated)
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 packs of dried bonito
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Salt and pepper
Red pepper (optional)
Cooked Rice

Steps:

1. Finely chop the raw ashitaba leaves.
2. Heat the oil and put the grated garlic while also sauteeing the tomorrow leaves.
3. Next, put salt and pepper and if you want, red pepper as well.
4. Add in the cooked rice and prepare to taste with soy sauce.

Tired of eating rice the typical way? Try creating rice balls! You would only need to have step 5 which is to form the Spicy Ashitaba Fried Rice into bite-sized proportions for convenient eats.

Sea Bream Rice Filled with Ashitaba

 

Ingredients:

500g sea bream
990cc seasoning broth
20cc sake
45cc mirin
90cc light soy sauce
300g cooked tomorrow leaf stalks
Peel of citrus fruits (can be orange or lemon)
Cooked rice

Steps:

1. Pull the two scales of bream, and wash them well with water gralloch. This to take to get rid of the smell of the sea bream.
2. Mix the seasoning broth, sake, mirin and light soy sauce altogether in a bowl.
3. Put in the rice to the pot and squeeze the peel of the citrus fruit.
4. Wait for 10 to 15 minutes until it's steamed.
5. Remove the bones of sea bream and mix it well.

Sushi Ashitaba


 Ingredients:
90cc vinegar
100g sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon salt
20g white sesame
Shirasu 70g
50g carrots
Cooked Japanese rice

Steps:
1. Add vinegar to the cooked Japanese rice and leave it to cool.
2. Drop in two leaves of ashitaba, put a little salt and plenty of hot boiling water.
3. Boil the carrots and put in a little sugar and salt.
4. Roast the white sesame in a frying pan.
5. Roll the rice and slice the sushi into manageable bits.



Where to buy ashitaba plants (tomorrow leaves)?

Ashitaba leaves and plants are hard to find in the Philippines and in most parts in Asia. Remember that gynura precumbens are not the same as the real ashitaba plant.

So if you want, you can plant and harvest ashitaba starting from the ashitaba seeds you can purchase from Horizon Herbs. Each pack of organic seeds (packet of 20) costs $9.90 with the least shipping fee at $13.90.

Is it good value for money? Yes, if you would build an agricultural farm full of ashitaba and sell it to big purchasers throughout the world.

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Quick Ashitaba Recipe: How to Make Fish Cake and Spring Rolls with Ashitaba Fillings

Kids do not generally love eating vegetables and I won't blame you if you find it hard to encourage them to do so. As well, they are not fond of eating fish and seafood but mostly like fried chicken, fast food and junk food. But I guess they won't mind if fish and vegetables come in the form of cakes. All it takes to do fish cake and/or spring rolls with ashitaba fillings are simple ingredients and simple steps. Here they are:

Fish Cake with Ashitaba Fillings


Ingredients: 

Minced fish
Carrots
Ashitaba (Tomorrow Leaves)
Ginger (juice)
Sugar
Salt
Egg
Frying oil

Steps:

1. Shred two carrots and chop the ashitaba leaves.
2. Add salt, sugar and ginger juice and mix together with the raw egg.
3. With ingredients in steps 1-2, use your hands to form patties with the minced fish.
4. Fry the patties in medium heat.

Spring Rolls with Ashitaba Fillings


Ingredients:

Spring roll skin
Ashitaba (Tomorrow Leaves)
A can of tuna or red salmon
Frying oil

Steps:

1. Cut each tomorrow leaf to a length of 1-2cm and boil the leaves.
2. Transfer the tuna or red salmon from the can to the frying pan and mix the boiled ashitaba leaves.
3. When done, turn off the stove and make sure that the leaves and the fish are well mixed. Set aside in a bowl or plate.
4. Wrap the ashitaba and fish filling in the spring roll skin and fry in oil at medium temperature.

Wrap Up

You don't necessarily need to follow these recipes to the letter. These cakes and spring rolls are best eaten fresh out of the oil while they're still hot and juicy. You can serve them either with or without rice. To make the presentation more vibrant, accompany it with sweet chili sauce, chopped cucumber, fresh coriander and a squeeze of lime juice. Another option is to enjoy it with garlic mayonnaise, cheese or whatever condiment you desire. Delicious!


Quick Ashitaba Recipe: How to Make Tuna with Ashitaba in Walnut Sauce

Tuna with Ashitaba in Walnut Sauce

This recipe can be for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. In this blog, we have talked much about the benefits of ashitaba. From now on, I will be sharing some exciting recipes that will meet a wide interpretation of "a healthy meal" containing ashitaba, so you will learn a lot further on how to include ashitaba in your diet.

To begin our journey, we will start with Tuna with Ashitaba in Walnut Sauce. This is a mild and tasty dish that can be offered to healthy eaters and those pesco-vegetarians like me. So get ready to broaden your culinary horizons and experiment with new entrées by trying more to make meals with ashitaba.

Ingredients (good for four people):
  • 200g ashitaba leaves
  • 1 small can tuna
  • 60g mayonnaise
  • 30g walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
Instructions:

  1. Wash ashitaba leaves and cut each tomorrow leaf to the length of 2 to 3cm.
  2. Boil the leaves and once done, squeeze out excess water.
  3. Toss the boiled ashitaba leaves to a mortar and together with the walnuts, chop them finely and season with soy sauce and sugar.


4.Open the two cans of tuna. Lightly squeeze the oil.
5. Add in mayonnaise and a little of soy sauce.
6. Serve to plate with lime wedges and rice.



Wrap Up

Tuna with Ashitaba in Walnut Sauce is a great dish when you're always on-the-go. You can prepare this easily for busy mornings, quick lunch and for a low-calorie dinner. If you have it in the office, you can re-heat the food and don’t be surprised when your colleagues stop by to see what smells so good.

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