Ashitaba Benefits

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Ashitaba is a plant that is grown on the lush Izu Islands on the Pacific coast of Japan where tha leaves has been consumed as food and medicine for centuries. It’s scientific name is Angelica Keiskei or Angelica Koidzumi. The scientific name Gynuranepalensis DC is a specie of Ashitaba that is grown in the Philippines. It is also called Gynuraprocumbens and Gynuraacutifolia. When you break the ashitaba stalks, you will find the rich golden sap called chalcone, which contains a 20 unique flavonoids. The chalcone supplies many of ashitaba’s great benefits. (Eberle, 2014) Clinical investigations have discerned that in ashitaba chalcone, the two out of the 20 flavonoids (4-hydroxyderricin nad xanthoangenol) have the most aggressive action in reducing…show more content…
Ashitaba’s organic herbal extracts have been used in Asia for thousands of years as a skin tonic to heal wounds. The leaves of this plant are used for healing wounds as they can speed up the healing process of infections from insect bites. This is also used as a good insect repellent. This plant protects the skin from sun damage, planters’ warts and athletes’ foot. The ashitaba’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties can calm patches of red and skin irritation. Ashitaba is very natural, it works great for all skin types including sensitive skin. Inside the stems and the roots of this plant, you will find a sticky yellow juice gushing out. This juice readily flows topically to treat a host of skin conditions. The plant’s juice can be applied to cysts, boils and pustules to speed healing. (Eberle,…show more content…
2010 entited “Antifungal activity of flavonoids isolated from mango (Mangifera indica L.) leaves.” Five flavonoids from the leaves of the mango were isolated namely (-)-epicatechin-3-O-β-glucopyranoside, 5-hydroxy-3-(4-hydroxylphenyl) pyrano [3,2-g]chromene-4(8H)-one, 6-(p-hydroxybenzyl) taxifolin-7-O-β-D-glucoside (tricuspid), quercetin-3-O-α-glucopyranosyl-(1 → 2)-β-D-glucopyranoside and (-)-epicatechin(2-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)-3,4-dihydro-2H-chromene-3,5,7-trio. It was then tested against fungal species and it shows that these flavonoids suppressed fungal growth. In general, antifungal activity of the flavonoids was gradually increased by increasing their

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