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.

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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.

My Proposal 

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.

Ashitaba Capsules - GET MAXIMUM NUTRITION FROM JAPANESE POWER PLANT!

Sad but true, ashitaba plants (tomorrow leaves) are hard to find in the Philippines and in most countries in the world. THEY ARE RARE AS GEM! But here's some good news. Finally, we have an answer to where to buy ashitaba in the Philippines.

You can have the powerful nutrients and minerals of ashitaba plants when you take ashitaba capsules.

For ONLY PHp 450 / bottle
you will get
100% PURE ASHITABA LEAVES IN CAPSULE FORM
no more no less, 
strictly from an organic way of gardening.


Why Compromise?

Insist on the very best for yourself and your family!

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.


The results are truly amazing!


 
 
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. 

Note: One bottle consists of 30 capsules with 300mg each of ashitaba. Drink 1 capsule twice a day.

HOW TO ORDER ASHITABA CAPSULES IN BOTTLE / 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. You can check Xend domestic rates below or here.

  • Shipping fees will be shouldered by the buyer. 
  • Payments are accepted at BANCO DE ORO.

3. Upon confirmation of deposit, all orders will be shipped via XEND.

4. Tracking number will be given to the buyer.

5. Package will arrive 1-2 days (for Metro Manila) and 3-4days (Provincial).

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

Invest in your health and life now!

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.

P.S. Don't forget to acknowledge me. Hehe. :P
 

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.

Ashitaba for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Ashitaba plants are a type of superfood that are incredibly healthy.

Well, technically, all leafy vegetables are healthy. There are the likes of spinach, kale, collard greens, lettuce, escarole and Swiss chard. But for now, let's focus on ashitaba here as a super food.
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Ashitaba leaves are chock-full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. They are linked to lower risk of certain cancers and high cholesterol leading to heart disease. A good recommendation is for you to eat (or drink) an equivalent amount of two cups of ashitaba leaves in a week. You can have it every day in each meal three days in a week. If you’re wondering how to actually meet that, this post is for you. In this article, we will tackle some tips on how to prepare and serve ashitaba for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Ashitaba for Any Meal: 
 
Does your hectic schedule leave you feeling that take-out is your only option? Using a few choice convenience items, such as canned vegetables and fresh ingredients from the nearest local market, you can prepare meals with ashitaba in no time. Get started with these ultra-quick sample ashitaba recipes and tips that your whole family can enjoy.

Ashitaba for Breakfast


A good way to start your day right is to have a cup of ashitaba tea. If you are not into teas, then make yourself an ashitaba smoothie from ashitaba powder. This trendy breakfast drink can fill you with a smug sense of health. Just add a couple handfuls of ashitaba (or about 10 leaves) to your smoothie and it's good to go!

Ashitaba for Lunch

As an easy choice, salads can be bumped up with raw ashitaba leaves, cooked kale and spinach for nutrition. As naturally sweet fruits, slices of apples can also be added to help to curb your cravings for sweets in a natural way. They have fiber and vitamin C.

You can also opt for a sandwich and instead of lettuce, sneak ashitaba in with scrambled egg or omelet. Eggs have riboflavin, vitamin B12, and phosphorus. They complement the benefits of ashitaba, as this dairy product is a very good source of protein and selenium.

For the soup, you can heat up a canned soup and dose it with ashitaba, escarole and some beans from last night’s dinner.

Ashitaba for Snacks

For snacks, ashitaba chips may do. But how to do it? Wash the ashitaba leaves and dry them, toss a bit of olive oil and brush the oil onto the dried leaves, sprinkle some salt and roast in a hot oven until crispy.

If you want the tastier kind, plain, low-fat yogurt with ashitaba leaves mixed in sounds great. Using plain yogurt, you can control how much sweetener you add. Also try adding a dash of vanilla or some cinnamon for different flavors. Add a handful of cereal or granola for a heartier snack.

Ashitaba for Dinner

One of the easiest ways to join ashitaba into your dinner is to saute the leaves as a side dish for whatever else you’re having. To make it more palatable, you need to add a bit of garlic, olive oil and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Set that aside and cook pasta as the main entree.

 

Any type of pasta will do. Top your pasta later with the sauteed ashitaba and spinach sauce for a healthy and sumptuous dinner on the table!

Wrap Up

As our lives are getting busier with tons of activities throughout the day, preparing for even the simplest meal like breakfast and snacks can feel quite overwhelming. Thankfully, we have accessibility to these simple recipes and a lot more online that can make us cut out junk food for a healthier diet for our self and our family.

Ashitaba might be new to your palate, and you might not like the taste at the start. But give yourself some leeway. After all, anything done with a few tries will get better, easier and quicker to do. Start out with simple ashitaba-inspired dishes. It does not have to be complicated. : )


Is it Safe For Children to Consume Ashitaba Leaves?

Another phrasing of that question can be "Is it safe for children to take ashitaba?"

Many people are becoming more interested at ashitaba and many are also wondering if ashitaba leaves are safe for children. The short answer to this question is YES. This is because ashitaba or tomorrow leaves are just like any other vegetables. Kids who are lacking in vegetable intake are furthermore encouraged to eat ashitaba as this superfood contains plant-derived raw materials that are rich in nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.

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How Kids Can Take Ashitaba

Though ashitaba might be hard to eat because of its bitter taste, people - both kids and adults - should learn to tolerate it to receive its full benefits. If your kid cannot really take the strong taste of the leaves, you can consider purchasing not the raw plant or the leaves but the processed forms of ashitaba such as the following:

1. Ashitaba Tea

Most kids do not favor vegetables at any time of the day, no matter how forceful you are at feeding them. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan suggests that ashitaba contains lactic acid to balance the intestines and promote the activities of the stomach. So you can encourage your kid to drink a glass of ashitaba tea at least daily to compensate their lack of vegetable content in the body and to help them clean waste. Ashitaba tea is easy to make and you can read more about the procedures here.

2. Ashitaba Powder



You can serve ashitaba together with milk, yogurt, and other drinks to hide its likely horrible taste for children's taste buds. Ashitaba products now are available in the form of powder that you can mix with a lot of beverages and food. 100 grams of Ashitaba powder contains the beta-carotene, also contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, biotin, folic acid, A, C, E, and K, and the minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, sulphur, iron and silicon.

3. Ashitaba Supplement

You don't have to prepare ashitaba as food or mix it with beverage. Instead, you can have ashitaba supplements and make it easier for children to swallow. Ashitaba supplements are convenient to carry anywhere. These supplements also contain the chalcone for extra cleansing.

Chalcones are yellow sap found inside the stem of ashitaba contaning a very rare treasure trove of nutrients. They not only promote the circulation of the body but this juice of Angelica keiskei has more than twenty potents and rare flavonoids.



Recent studies show that these chalcones, especially the 4-hydroxyderricin and xanthoangelol so abundant in Ashitaba, promise to combat some of the worst effects of visceral fat. Ashitaba supplements sold below  100% additive-free; so you can have your kids take ashitaba without the grassy smell and less bitterness.

Difference Between Japan Ashitaba and Gynura Procumbens

The truth is, most sellers of ashitaba plants in the Philippines are not really selling Japan ashitaba but a different plant called Gynura Procumbens. I bet that all plants sold in Sulit.com.ph with the name "ashitaba" are in fact Gynura Procumbens. Those "ashitaba" sold in Greenhills Shopping mall (the open air place in the middle) are also Gynura Procumbens.

Where Can You Buy the Real Ashitaba in the Philippines?

It has been said that there's one found in Sucat/Rizal. Rumors had it that it belongs to a bioresearch site that gives out ashitaba leaves [samples] for free. But what they have is actually Gynura Procumbens. So you don't have to waste your time and effort to know and commute to go to their area only to find out it's not the one you're truly searching for.

There are no big plantations of ashitaba pioneering in the Philippines as of now. Ashitaba in pots and their seeds are mostly passed on from friends, relatives or acquaintances who imported the plants from Singapore or Japan (the nearby Asian countries).

I bet that if there are known growers of ashitaba in the Philippines, they don't intend to sell ashitaba plant just yet as well. This is so that they can more properly propagate tomorrow leaves in their own plantations. And this is why we still don't see much of the real ashitaba from Japan widespread in the public marketplace.
Here are the most telling differences of ashitaba and Gynura Procumbens.

Appearance of the Leaves

The leaves of Gynura Procumbens appear to be darker green in color, in contrast to ashitaba leaves. Also, while the leaves of Gynura Procumbens are like the normal leaves of most plants (oval-shaped with no ridges), Japan ashitaba leaves are more defined with ridges.

Chalcones


Break the stem of each plant. Look for the yellow liquid that comes out. This sap is called chalcones, the powerful agent Japan ashitaba has and Gynura Procumbens does not. Chalcones can cure cysts, pustules and a wide array of other ailments.

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End Notes

The real ashitaba not being widespread in the Philippines does not mean that you should not know about them. The least you can do is not to be deceived by the misconceptions. 

If you have searched with all your might and still can't find ashitaba anywhere here, you can just acquire and grow Gynura Procumbens. Learn more about its medicinal properties in the video:


How Ashitaba Works ~ Tomorrow Leaves Health Benefits as a Super Food

A new obsession has erupted. 

People are now getting more health-conscious than ever.

Admit it: whenever you see green food, you assume that it's healthy. What green food is not healthy, anyway? Probably food coloring?

But most likely, your assumption is CORRECT.

Leafy vegetables and edible greens, if not all, are good for your body!

Included in that list are the herbal plants, supplements and drinks that aid in your diet and well-being. One of the favored drinks known worldwide is green tea. There are many known benefits of green tea. Some of the best are that it decreases the risks of having cancer, it helps you to lose body fat and it provides your body with anti-oxidant agents.

With all green tea's useful essentials, you would be crazy over it. But now, medical researchers have found another herb that has even greater health benefits. That is ashitaba.

Ashitaba as Super Food

First of all, let’s define "super food" here, so we are all in the same page.

Super food is regarded as composed of unprocessed substances that protect our health. Meals with super food consumed are incorporated with several therapeutic and healing elements that prevent sicknesses. Also, when super food is regularly eaten, you will be assisted in reducing your unwanted fats.

Super food like ashitaba is important as it defends your body system against various types of cancer, diabetes and coronary heart diseases. It also passes additional strength and energy to keep your good mood all day.

Aside from ashitaba, green tea and wheat grass also count as super food which are vastly vitalizing. One serving of tomorrow leaves (e.g. percent ashitaba tea), for instance, is tantamount to eight servings of healthy vegetables.

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Chalcones in Natural and Organic Ashitaba Green



Organically grown ashitaba is the only known natural plant that contains an aromatic ketone and an enone called chalcones. Chalcones (or chalconoids) collectively are what forms the central core of a variety of important biological compounds. Helping the body on a cellular level, these compounds happen to be remarkable potent anti-oxidants.

Parts and Health Values of Ashitaba Plant

Chalcone is the yellow sap derived from the stem of the ashitaba plant. It contains anti-fungal, anti-tumor, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities.

Exhibiting the benefits of both land and marine plants, ashitaba leaves or tomorrow leaves have vitamin B that is normally not present in terrestrial plants. Ashitaba green leaves enable good formation of red blood cells and nerves. 

Aside from the stem and leaves, the stalk of ashitaba is also edible. It can be eaten raw, boiled, or deep-fried, or dried and ground for juice, dessert or other value-added products. It provides you with medium-to-high levels of beta-carotene, riboflavin, and ascorbic acid. The roots of ashitaba can be cooked or pickled. Yes, even the roots are health for your body! 

Overall, the ashitaba plant is extremely rich is folic acid, coumarin (archangelicin) and medium calcium and iron.

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