Ashitaba: Better than Green Tea
More and more physicians nowadays are becoming agreeable to the wonders of herbal medicine. It’s a guarantee that every medicine prescribed by your regular doctor has an alternative medicine made from organic and natural elements. This is certainly the case for treating cancer: carcinoma and melanoma. There are many other claims of cures using herbs. One of them is the Japanese parsley or the ashitaba plant.
Where Did Ashitaba Come From?
Let me first give you an initial background of ashitaba… (not to be confused with gynura procumbens)
Ashitaba comes with the botanical name Angelica Keiskei Koidzumi and is renowned as the “tomorrow plant” because it has the ability to reproduce green stems and leaf almost every day. We are growing this plant at home and truth be told, we can harvest around three leaves from one plant on a daily basis. This herbaceous plant also grows all year so there’s no worrying about getting less leaves during summer or rainy season.
From its name, you have probably guessed where this greenish yellow vegetable came from. Actually, there are mentions that ashitaba originated from China and passed down further to Japan where it became much popular. It came from Hachi Jo Island where it survives on volcanic rocks and soil with very high salinity environment. Local herbalists of the island have been consuming the leaves of ashitaba as both medicine and vegetable for over a hundred years.
Ashitaba provides the human body with many benefits, as it is rich with vitamins, minerals, proteins and plant fiber. The plant contains high level of chlorophyll and vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 has been recognized for its ability to promote the production of blood cells, increase attention span and concentration, increase the production of growth hormone, and promote the immune system so that it can fight off serious disorder; such as cancer.
Moreover, it secretes a yellowish substance called “chalcone” and a type of mineral that promotes the production of interferon. Chalcones is found to be a potent antioxidant that protects our body’s cells from damage. This is attributed to the aging process and many degenerative diseases including cancer.
On the other hand, interferon is produced naturally in our body albeit in very small quantities. This element is what’s used to treat some types of cancer, like tumors, kidney cancer, multiple myeloma and malignant melanoma.
Take a closer look at the ashitaba plant’s seeds and leaves right here in the following video by Lucas Tetrick. The video was taken at Horizon Herbs seed farm located in Williams, Oregon.