You’ve heard of super foods, right?
They’re foods that deliver a big impact in the health and nutrition department. They have tons of vitamins and minerals, they’re great at treating health conditions, and they can even help you lose weight.
And while you’ve heard of the more common super foods like blueberries, quinoa and salmon, I’ve got one I guarantee is new to your ears: the ashitaba plant.
The ashitaba plant is a sort of herb found in Japan, and its leaves, roots and stems can be turned into medicine. It is also a common food in Eastern cultures, and its leaves and dried powder are often used to flavor and spice up many dishes.
The ashitaba’s benefits are numerous, and it’s known to lower blood sugar levels, increase energy, boost your mood and even protect the body from heart conditions. It’s also chock full of calcium, beta carotene, folic acid, iron and riboflavin.
But that’s not the only great thing about it.
The ashitaba plant can also help with weight loss. Its leaves, stems, roots and even juice made from it can be used to amplify weight results and cut down on rates of obesity. In fact, a recent study actually proved it.
When participants took ashitaba supplements after dinner for eight weeks, they lost noticeable weight in the hips and waist. Even better, most of these lost fats were visceral fats – the dangerous ones that surround the organs.
So how does ashitaba do it? And is it something you should work into your diet? Let’s learn more now.
How Ashitaba Helps You Lose Weight
Ashitaba helps aids with weight loss in a number of ways. First, it is very fibrous, which helps to clear out your digestive tract, reduce bloating and remove toxins from your body. All of this can result in weight loss (and a healthier body on the whole.)
The ashitaba plant is also full of chalcones, chemical compounds that come with dozens of health advantages and benefits. These chalcones can lower your cholesterol, regulate your blood pressure and even promote a better metabolism, which means you lose more weight in less time.
Chalcones are also known to improve mood and treat anxiety, and since stress and anxiety are two of the biggest culprits in weight gain, this can improve your weight loss results as well.
Ashitaba is also known to increase energy levels. And the more energy you have, the more likely you’ll be to hit the gym and burn those calories. It’s a win-win.
There are dozens and dozens of ways to prepare ashitaba. First, you can eat the leaves raw, as you would any other herb. Use them to garnish meals, add them to a salad, or add them for a little extra flavor in any dish.
You can also dry the ashitaba plant in the sun, crush the leaves and stems into a powder, and use this as a spice. Put this powder in capsule form, and you can take one or two daily with your morning vitamins.
It sounds strange, but ashitaba can also be boiled or fried (though you may want to avoid frying things when trying to lose weight!) Additionally, you can even grind the plant down, and create a juice. This can be added to smoothies or beverages or used in sauces and spreads.
Other Health Benefits
As if aiding in weight loss weren’t enough to convince you, ashitaba also comes with a number of other health benefits that anyone would enjoy.
One of the biggest is its nerve growth factor. This little protein plays a huge roe in how our brain interactswith neurons throughout our body. When NGF is low, it can cause problems like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, dementia and more.
As ashitaba is high NGF, it actually aids neuron growth and helps fight off these unfortunate conditions. It can also improve memory and overall cognitive function.
Additionally, ashitaba can:
- Lower glucose and blood sugar levels
- Prevent fungal infection
- Improve your immune system
- Act as an anti-inflammatory
- Boost your mood and prevent anxiety
- Protect your heart and prevent heart disease, stroke and more
- Increase your energy levels
- Improve concentration and focus
- Slow signs of skin aging
- Boost libido and improve sperm production
- Relieve asthma symptoms
- Treat anemia and hypertension
- Alleviate digestive disorders and heart burn
It can even treat cancer. According to a study by Meiji University, ashitaba helped slow the growth of skin and lung cancers in mice. Though it has yet to be tested on humans, the results are definitely promising.
Try Ashitaba Today
Do you want to boost your weight loss results or improve your overall health? Then it may be time to try ashitaba. If you try, be sure to share your experience in the comments. I’d love to know what you think!
Remember to share this article with all the people you love, so that they can also benefit from its wonderful properties.
Together we can make this world a happier, healthier world!