Monday, March 5, 2012

Ashitaba is an ideal food for vegans and vegetarians

Why Ashitaba is an ideal food for vegans and vegetarians?
It is not difficult to ascertain why Ashitaba exerts so many positive effects on health when you consider the broad range of nutrients it contains - including 11 different types of vitamins and 13 minerals. 
Nutritional analysis reveals that 100 grams of Ashitaba powder contains the beta-carotene content equivalent to four carrots, the vitamin B2 content equivalent to 28 cloves of garlic, the vitamin C content equivalent to 4 lemons, and nine times the amount of iron found in spinach. It also contains vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, biotin, folic acid, and the minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, copper, manganese, sulphur and silicon. 

Most plants are devoid of vitamin B12, which is normally only obtainable through meat, fish and eggs. However, Ashitaba is a good source of this nutrient, making it an ideal supplement for strict vegetarians and vegans, who omit these foods from their diets and are at risk of suffering from a deficiency. A shortage of B12 can cause serious cognitive and nervous system problems, in addition to increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and pernicious anaemia.

The list of therapeutic compounds in Ashitaba is endless Many researchers believe that Ashitaba is so effective against so many different medical problems as a result of its synergistic action - a combined effect of its various active components working together. In addition to the vitamin and minerals it contains, Ashitaba also possesses lesser-known nutrients that also have specific health-related benefits. These include:
Chlorophyll - Ashitaba is rich in chlorophyll, the green pigment present in plants that is responsible for collecting and storing energy from the sun. Because the chlorophyll molecule is almost identical to the haemoglobin molecule in red blood cells it is often referred to as 'nature's blood'. And one of its many attributes includes its ability to stimulate the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the body's tissues. It is also an excellent agent for cleansing the blood and liver, and promotes the growth of 'friendly' intestinal bacteria. 
Germanium - This trace mineral has been found to promote the production of interferon, a substance produced in the body that works to prevent viruses and bacteria from penetrating the body's cells. 
Coumarins - These are potent antioxidants, which have been found to contain anticarcinogenic properties. They are particularly abundant in Ashitaba and other foods such as citrus fruit and celery.
Chalcones -Unique to Ashitaba is a class of flavonoid compounds called chalcones.
Research has shown that they are potent antioxidants, protecting cells from free radical damage, which is associated with accelerating the ageing process and with many degenerative diseases, including cancer.
They also suppress the excessive secretion of gastric juice in the stomach, which is often caused by stress and can lead to stomach ulcers. In addition they help strengthen the immune system, regulate blood pressure and cholesterol, and exhibit anti-viral and antibacterial activities.
Chalcones have also been found to stimulate the production of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), which is synthesised in minute amounts in the body and is essential in the development and survival of certain neurons (nerve cells) in the peripheral and central nervous system. NGF is believed to have the potential to alleviate Alzheimer's disease and peripheral neuropathy (a common neurological disorder resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves, which originate from the brain and spinal cord). In an animal study conducted by the Biomedical Group, in Takara, Japan, there was a 20 per cent increase in NGF concentration after taking Ashitaba for just four days.
Helps disarm harmful free radicals and keeps blood sugar levels stable Research published in the September 2002 issue of Nutraceuticals World, showed that Ashitaba out-performed a range of herbs including sage, St. John's Wort, camomile, dandelion, fennel, black tea and green tea for its antioxidant potential.
There is also mounting data to suggest that Ashitaba has a regulating effect on blood sugar levels. In reviewing Ashitaba, Dr Kevin Lance Jones, a licensed acupuncturist and orthomolecular medical doctor (OMD) from California, in the US, says:
'There is a patient in Texas that has insulin-dependent (Type 1) diabetes who 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 hyperglycaemia. Another diabetes patient in Japan took Ashitaba for six months and his blood sugar level dropped from 400 mg/dl to 150 mg/dl.'

How to take? The recommended dosage is one teaspoon of Ashitaba powder taken in the morning and evening in a small amount of juice, followed by a glass of water. Ashitaba has a sweet herb-like taste and has no known contraindications. However, as with all remedies you should consult your doctor before taking Ashitaba if you are currently on any medication.

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