Ashitaba powdered leaves
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Organically grown ground powderedAshitaba leaves.
General Health Tonic In traditional medicine, the plant is seen to be a strengthening tonic. The Izu Islands used to be a place of exile, criminals and social outcasts relegated to these desolate islands as a form of punishment. The exiles were forced to withstand poor diets and hard labor. They foraged for food gathering their sustenance from the rock and sand. Surprisingly, historic records indicate that despite harsh circumstances, the exiles were healthy and lived long lives. Tradition attributes this unlikely healthfulness to the continual consumption of Ashitaba.
For Nerve Damage
Scientists at the Biomedical Group of Takara Shuze Co Ltd., have discovered an increased production of Nerve Growth Factor in ashitaba.
Active molecular structures from ashitaba that are said to help enhance NGF includes the following:
-four coumarin compounds (two novel ones and one chroman compound)
-Xanthohumol compound (one chalcone)
-Two sesquiterpenoid compounds
Digestive Tonic For hundred of years it has been used to improve digestion. Ashitaba has a bitter taste and contains bitter principles. like other bitters it increases appetite, improves digestion, speeds elimination of waste and generally acts as a digestive tonic.
Immune System Tonic Ashitaba was also seen as a powerful medicine against infectious disease.
Ashitaba Chemical Constituents
Coumarins: psoralen, imperatorin,columbianagin,isorhazelpitin, rhazelpiton, selinidin Chalcones: xanthoangero, 4-hydrodexydelisin glycosides: isoquercitrin. Ruteorin. Angelic acid. Bergapten. Vitamins: β-carotene, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron
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 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 - they inhibit the inflammatory process. Ashitaba powder is dried specifically to preserve its active constituents.
Ashitaba is seen as a superb supplement for those who have weak digestion, or gastric or duodenal ulcers. Whether digestive inactivity or overactivity, Ashitaba can be used to regulate a badly behaving digestive tract.
Acute and Chronic Skin Conditions
When applied topically, its wound healing activity is phenomenal. It can be used in acute and chronic skin problems, from accidents to psoriasis. It should be applied regularly until the skin condition clears.
This remedy has been used to prevent infection or limit an infection once it has taken hold.
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