I firmly believed in the goodness of medicinal plants. I am habitually drinking Green Tea and even take Lagundi syrup as a potent remedy for cough. So when I heard the goodness of Ashitaba it's more like wow! Another fresh consumption of natural food. Luckily, my sister has a home grown Ashitaba plant in the backyard of the house where we currently lived. Everyday, we would consume at least fresh five leaves.
Our Ashitaba home grown plant in the backyard
Ashitaba is a medicinal plant abundantly grows in Japan and for centuries, Japanese consumed this plant both as food and medicine. It is also called as "Tomorrow's Leaf" or "Longevity Herb". What made this herb excellently healthy and beneficial to human's longevity is its potent antioxidant called Chalcone which boosts immune system, protects the body from chronic illnesses and viruses and improves blood circulation.
Here's how to consume the fresh leaves:
Pluck the leaves and wash it with water. Cut into pieces and sprinkle with salt. You may add other vegetables or fruits to enjoy and improve the taste. In my part, I always add tomato because it compliments the taste.
This is how I consumed this medicinal plant
After cutting the leaves, I will sprinkle it with salt then add slices of tomato
Studies conducted revealed Ashitaba is essentially rich in vitamins, minerals, fibers, protein, It has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-tumor properties which made this plant a superfood and excellent herbs all rolled into one.
Some of its known benefits include:
- Slows the process of ageing
- Enhances memory
- Promotes proper digestion
- Lowers blood pressure and bad cholesterol
- Prevents cardiovascular disorders
- Reduces blood sugar levels
- Helps in the prevention of developing tumor or other cancer-causing cells
- Relieves respiratory problems
- Helps rejuvenates body cells
According to Manila Bulletin: "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 bacteria 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"