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Ashitaba is a large herb that grows primarily in the central region of Japan. Its root, leaf, and stem are used to make medicine. The fresh leaves and dried powder are used as food.

Ashitaba is an Asian herb belonging to the same genus as Angelica Sinensis aka Japanese/Chinese Angelica. The name Angelica comes from the Latin name for angel and was given to this herb because of its godly effects, namely its extraordinary ability to slow the aging process.

If the leaves were picked today, it would blossom again tomorrow; that’s the regenerative power of Ashitaba. Ashitaba name comes from the Japanese words “tomorrow leaf”. Ashitaba has been used in Japan (Edo Period of 15th Century) and China (Ming Dynasty in early 15th Century) as medicinal herbs due to its power of supplying vital nutrients. Chalcones, organic compounds called flavonoids, found in Ashitaba confer potent antioxidant activity exceeding that of red wine, green tea, or soy.

Ashitaba is a remarkable plant exhibiting the benefits of both land and marine plants. It is a dietary treasure, containing eleven vitamins, thirteen minerals, chlorophyll, enzymes, carotene, germanium, saponins, proteins, plant fibers, glycosides, coumarins, and an unique and rare class of flavonoids called chalcones.

Ashitaba is high in chlorophyll, also called "Green Blood", because it has a similar molecular structure to that of our blood. It helps the internal organs, the stomach, and the brain work better and has exhibited anti-allergy actions. Natural organic germanium, in Ashitaba, is known to promote production of Interferon which is a defensive material produced by our body to prevent viruses and bacterias from penetrating into our cells. Germanium is valuable in the purification of blood by keeping away harmful hydrogen ions in the blood, creating an alkaline PH, increasing oxygen, and by activating blood cell replacements.

On the Japanese island of Hachijo, residents have Ashitaba as part of their diet, and typically have some of the longest life spans on earth. The plant has been an integral part of the diet on this island for hundreds of years, and is the only known plant to contain a substances called chalcones, discovered when scientists began to analyze the diet and environment in order to determine the reasons for the health and longevity observed. 

Health Benefits of Ashitaba.

1. Promote blood cleansing & circulation
2. Reduce blood pressure
3. Regulate cholesterol level
4. Regulate blood sugar level
5. Reduce joint & muscular pain
6. Enhance liver & kidney function
7. Support digestive & G.I. health
8. Anti-viral & anti-bacterial actions
9. Suppress cell growth abnormalities
10. Inhibit general inflammation
11. Strengthen the immune system
12. Relieve smooth muscle spasms in the arteries & bronchial tubes
13. Enhance smooth bowel movements
14. Remove toxic wastes from body
15. Improve visual acuity
16. Peri-menopausal relief
17. Smoother skin texture
18. Aid natural sleep cycles.

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