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Ashitaba — A Most Powerful yet Unknown Herb

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Native to Japan, ashitaba (Angelica keiskei koidzumi) is a bitter leafy herb of the Angelica genus, closely related to the carrot. It’s also known as "tomorrow's leaf," due to its rapid growth and regenerative abilities
  • In China and Japan, ashitaba has been used medicinally for hundreds of years as a general health promoter and antiaging remedy
  • Recent research shows ashitaba is a potent inducer of autophagy, capable of increasing the life span of nematodes and fruit flies by 20%
  • The flavonoid responsible for ashitaba’s antiaging effects is 4,4′-dimethoxychalcone (DMC). Of 180 plant flavonoids screened using three different assays, DMC offered the strongest cellular protection
  • DMC was also found to protect against liver damage caused by excess alcohol consumption in animals, and inhibited the proliferation of certain human cancer cells

Native to Japan, ashitaba (Angelica keiskei koidzumi) is a bitter leafy herb of the Angelica genus, closely related to the carrot. It's also known as "tomorrow's leaf," due to its rapid growth and regenerative abilities. It's a fast grower and new leaves rapidly sprout when picked.

The plant is well-known in China and Japan, having been part of the diet since ancient times. There, it has also been used medicinally for hundreds of years, as a general health promoter and antiaging remedy.


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