Thursday, July 26, 2012

Amazing Ashitaba

Let your body cleanse, nourish and heal itself, naturally, with Ashitaba!

Ashitaba: Energy Without Caffeine:
In Japan, major subway stations have Ashitaba juice bars to provide healthy energy drinks 24/7. They even have Ashitaba ice cream! Preventing enormous healthcare costs by protecting your health certainly is easy to understand, and, makes sense.
Ashitaba: What is it?
Ashitaba has strong anti-tumor (inhibits skin and lung cancer), anti-thrombus, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic and anti-ulcer properties. It has been effective in treating AIDS, many types of cancers and inhibits LDL cholesterol. Ashitaba has been shown to stabilize blood sugar levels and improve insulin response in diabetics.
Ashitaba: What is in it?
Ashitaba is a multi-functional super green food that can help you slow aging and stay healthy. A green leafy vegetable, it contains antioxidant flavonoids and is rich in protein, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, chlorophyll, enzymes and fiber. 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 vegetarians.

Ashitaba is a good source of organic germanium, a trace mineral 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. Germanium also helps purify the blood by increasing oxygen, creating an alkaline pH and activating blood cell replacements.

Ashitaba contains a significant amount of melatonin, a well known antioxidant with benefits of calming the body, stress reduction, anti-aging and anti-carcinogenic properties.
Ashitaba: What vitamins are in it?
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.
Ashitaba is rich in Coumarins:
These are potent antioxidants, which have been found to contain anti-carcinogenic properties.1 They are particularly abundant in Ashitaba and other foods such as citrus fruit and celery.
Ashitaba is rich in Chalcones:
Unique to Ashitaba is a class of flavonoid compounds called Chalcones. They are contained in the peculiar yellow sap oozing from the plant when cut. Research has shown that they are potent antioxidants, protecting cells from free radical damage, which is associated with accelerating the aging process and many degenerative diseases, including cancer.2
The Chalcones 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 anti-bacterial activities.3, 4
Chalcones have also been found to stimulate the production of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), which is synthesized in tiny 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 and is common in diabetics. 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.5

Ashitaba as a Skin Tonic & Wound Healing Agent:

When you break the stems and roots of Ashitaba, a sticky yellow juice gushes out. In fact, this is one of the unusual characteristics of the plant. The juice which so readily flows from the plant is used topically to treat a host of skin conditions. The juice of the plant is applied to boils, cysts, and pustules to speed healing. It is used to clear athlete's foot fungal infections. It is applied to repel insects and to speed healing and prevent infection in insect bites. Indeed, applying the juice of the plant is said to cure most skin conditions and to prevent infection in wounds. It is used both in chronic and acute skin complaints.
Ashitaba is an Immune System Tonic:
In Japan, Ashitaba was also seen as a powerful medicine against infectious disease. Before vaccination was introduced, whenever smallpox raged, Ashitaba was brought to the mainland to cure those infected and prevent infection in those still well. This tradition of using Ashitaba to stop smallpox from spreading started with the Izu islanders, but was well accepted in mainland Japan long ago.
Ashitaba in Research:
As a consequence of its many and varied traditional uses, the plant has been the subject of scientific research. One of the first findings was that the yellow color of the juice is due to the yellow pigments known as chalcones-compounds almost unique to Ashitaba. Chalcones are rarely found anywhere in the natural world! Research has shown that the unique healing properties of Ashitaba are at least partly due to these unique compounds.
Chalcones were revealed to be antibiotic and active against staphylococcus in vitro.
Chalcones were found to work on the mucus membrane in the stomach and suppress the excessive secretion of gastric juice which in turn prevents ulcers.
The chalcones were found to inhibit thromboxane 2 - inhibiting the inflammatory process.
Ashitaba and Your Heart:
The "chalcones" in Ashitaba inhibit the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, interrupting the first step of arteriosclerosis. As we get older, the blood gets sticky and dirty due to toxins. Ashitaba purifies the blood so it flows more easily which lowers blood pressure. The chlorophyll and B12 found in Ashitaba helps build new hemoglobin (red blood cells) resulting in more oxygen in the blood, which is good for the heart and all of your cells.
Ashitaba and Women's Health:
"Ashitaba is very useful in treating menstrual cramps and pain regardless of the age of the patient. It is also wonderful in making the four to six years of peri-menopause more comfortable and provides women with therapeutic alternatives to hormone replacement therapy and hysterectomies.
Women have reported that irregular menses become regular while taking Ashitaba. Unlike its cousin, Dang Gui (angelica sinensis), Ashitaba is gentle, can be taken frequently and at bedtime without the stimulating effect that Dang Gui has, especially on women. " – Dr. Kevin Lance Jones L.Ac., O.M.D.

Ashitaba can improve a diminished sex drive and improves new mothers' milk secretion. As an added benefit, Ashitaba helps skin be supple and wrinkle free, while hair grows thicker, shinier and less dry and brittle.
Ashitaba is rich in Antioxidants:
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, chamomile, dandelion, fennel, black tea and green tea for its antioxidant potential

Ashitaba has also been used as a treatment for the following disorders: 

·Gl tract disorders:    
acute gastritis, chronic gastritis,
chlorhydria, stomach cancer, duodenal ulcer,
descensus ventriculi, gastric atonia and chronic enteritis

·Chronic hepatitis,
·Cell reproduction,
·Blood cleansing,
·High blood pressure
·Vascular augmentation
·Chronic Fatigue
·Common colds
·Production of sperm
·Shoulder Stiffness

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