What is Ashitaba?
Ashitaba (Angelica Keiskei Koidzumi), a species of the celery family, is a large perennial plant that can live up to 13 years and grow to a height of 2m tall. It thrives on the rich volcanic soil of Hachijo Island, Japan.
Ashitaba means ‘tomorrow's leaf’ in Japanese because whenever a leaf is plucked, a new one will sprout the very next day. In the days of the Edo Era, natives of the Hachijo Island were reportedly always in the pink of health. They attributed their longevity to Ashitaba, which then became known as the ‘Longevity Herb’. Today, this unique plant is affectionately deemed a treasure and the ‘King of Vegetables’ of Hachijo Island.
Ashitaba is a rich source of essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Japanese scientists have discovered that its yellowish sap - Chalcone possesses valuable carcinostatic, antithrombotic and ulcer preventive abilities.Read More
The Longevity Herb
of Hachijo Island
Since the Edo Era, the natives of Hachijo Island were known for their longevity. They were rarely afflicted with diseases such as cancer, irregular blood pressure, strokes, cardiac infarction and Alzheimer's disease. It was later discovered that the natives had been consuming raw Ashitaba on a daily basis.
The Ashitaba plants are enriched by the special volcanic soil of Hachijo Island. When mature, these plants are found to contain the unique chalcones of xanthoangelol and 4-hydroxyderricin. Another compound 4,4’-dimethoxychalcone (DMC) found only in Ashitaba promotes cellular health and potentially helps fight ageing and age-related diseases.
To date, only organic Ashitaba grown on Hachijo Island is approved for consumption by the medical study and research teams in Japan.Find out more about Chalcone and its benefits