Khasiat Ashitaba

Nama Tempatan Ashitaba
Nama Saintifik Angelica keiskei Koidzumi
Nama Lain Chinese Angelica, or Dong Quai.
Famili Umbelliferae

The oldest written record of the values of Ashitaba appears more than 2000 years ago. Of the many thousands of plants that are known, Ashitaba belongs to the elite 1% category considered to be medicinal plants. Ashitaba was discovered in Japan in the Longevity Islands. This Asian herb is a type of Angelica and belongs to the Umbelliferae family. It is also known as Chinese Angelica, or Dong Quai. The use of the Ashitaba plant dates back to the Ming Dynasty (circa 1518-1593). It is easy to identify the Ashitaba plant by its yellow sap.

Ashitaba has its origins on the Island of Hachijo (volcano Island which belongs to Seven Islands of Izu) where the warm tropical currents pass by on their way North to meet the cold Arctic waters of the Pacific. It has been consumed as a vegetable and medicine for many hundreds of years by the local island herbalists. Ashitaba has another name called “Tomorrow leaf” refers to an interesting botanical fact. If its leaves are picked in the morning, new leaves will be in place by the next morning. This is due to its ability to reproduce its green stem and leaf almost on a daily basis. “Tomorrow’s Leaf” is very popular in Asia for its medicinal properties. Entire plant of Ashitaba is used.Ashitaba2

Asitaba’s scientific name called Angelica keiskei Koidzumi, derived from the Latin word “Angel,” because of its mystical, highly praised effects. The population of Hachijo Island is known for their longevity, living until the ripe old age of 90’s. When all aspects of their life style were analyzed the determination was that the consumption of Ashitaba was a heavy contribution to the extended lifetime. As more study was conducted on the composition of this special strain of angelica, Ashitaba has been attracting more and more attention from the scientific community.

Ashitaba contains a variety of vitamins, minerals, proteins and plant fiber. This powerful strain of Angelica was unknown until recently. Only a few islanders knew of this herb and kept it a guarded secret. Anyhow, recent studies in Japan and US show that Ashitaba rich in highly potent antioxidant – chalcone. Donald Buhler and his colleagues at Oregon State University discovered that the minute amount of chalcone present in hops was six times as potent as those antioxidants found in citrus fruits, almost four times as potent as those in soy and two times more potent than those of green tea.

Active Ingredients

• Chalcones (Xanthoangelol and 4-hydroxyderricin)
• Coumarins (psoralen, imperatorin, columbianagin, isorhazelpitin, rhazelpitom and selinidin)
• 4-hydrodexydelisin glycosides (isoquercitrin, ruteorin, angelic acid and bergapten
• Melatonin
• Germanium
• Vitamins & Minerals (Vitamin A, B, B2, C, B12, carotene, calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium and Fiber)

Health and Medical Values

 To cleanse the blood and promote blood circulation:
• Promotes cardiovascular health
• Regulates cholesterol levels
• Reduce hypertension
• Improves blood circulation
• Alleviate Alzheimer’s disease
• Improves vision
• Strengthen immune system
• Aids in weight control
• Serves as an anti-tumor
• Reduces wrinkles
• Supports liver and kidney functions
• Promotes metabolism
• Regulates blood sugar
• Prevents osteoporosis
• Treats anemia or weakness
• Reduces joint and muscular pains
• Alleviates allergies and sinus
• Functions as an antibacterial and antiviral
• Treats insomnia
• Relieves constipation
• Relieves smooth muscle spasms in the arteries and bronchial tube
• Replenishes energy
• Prevents thrombus (blood clots)
 Treats women’s problems
• Treats painful menstruation
• Treats irregular menstrual cycles
• Treats menopausal symptoms
 As a potent antioxidant, it helps to protect the organ from destructive free radicals and slows the aging process.
 Detoxification by enhancement of smooth bowel movement. It is also acts as an effective diuretic to remove toxic waste from the body.

Processing Step

1) The matured Ashitaba leaves are harvested from the plant
2) The collected leaves are washed with clean water
3) Dry under the sunlight and oven dried to release the moisture
4) The dried Ashitaba leaves are then packaged and ready for consumption

Product Characteristics

Part of Plants used : Leaves
Appearance : Dried leaves
Color : Brown
Odor : Characteristic
Taste : Bitter
Packaging : Box

Cooking Method & Dosage

1) Take 3g of dried Ashitaba leaves and put in a cup.
2) Pour 200 ml freshly boiled water into the cup.
3) Cover the cup and allow the Ashitaba leaves to steep for about 5 minutes.
4) Remove the leaves and drink the juice like tea consumption.
The juice (Tea) may be blended with honey or sugar to balance off the bitter taste of Ashitaba.

Traditional & Modern Consumption

Ashitaba is a native Japanese apiaceous plant that has been eaten as a healthy vegetable and used as a medicinal herb for a long time in Hachijojima, Japan. It is believed that Ashitaba can contribute to their longevity and good health. In fact, Ashitaba has a higher nutritional value than the other vegetables, such as spinach or tomatoes. The Japanese eat the leaves raw or cooked, make Ashitaba tea by pressing the leaves, sprinkle finely ground Ashitaba powder over a variety of foods like yogurt, and include the powder as a healthy, functional ingredient in products like baked goods and noodles.

However, Chinese herbalists extract healing substances from the Ashitaba plant by boiling it or soaking it in wine. When the Ashitaba’s root is removed, it can be taken as an oral medicine. Nowadays, it is also available in tablet, capsule, teabag and raw root forms as well as an ingredient in cosmetics.

Safety Precaution

1. Ashitaba is a natural herb. It is safe to be consumed without side effect.
2. Individuals with health conditions and are under medications are advised to consult their physician before consuming Ashitaba.
3. Pregnant and nursing women should not use this supplement.

Side Effects

There is no side effect found in the previous research.

Storage Requirement

Keep at cool and dry place protected from direct sunlight. Avoid reach of children.

Sumber : Angelica keiskei Koidzumi

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