The drink you serve with your dishes is just as important as the dishes themselves. That is why we serve certain wines with certain proteins and use the flavors and benefits of the drinks to compliment them.
When it comes to amplifying meals and the benefits they bring, there is no drink better at this than Ashitaba tea. Ashitaba is known as a superfood and has been used to make tea for centuries because of the long list of benefits it brings.
Yes, it is similar to Matcha tea, but Ashitaba tea has a unique flavor – and certainly more benefits – for you to enjoy. Before you start searching for this tea, here are the top five things you need to know about Ashitaba tea.
You Can Grow It Yourself
The first thing you need to know about this plant is the fact that you can grow it yourself. The Ashitaba plant grows so quickly, allowing you to get more leaves for tea in no time. You need to start with a sufficiently sized plot of land that has been well fertilized. Plant seeds that have been refrigerated for a month and give them lots of water.
If you don’t want to go through all the trouble, you can also buy Ashitaba in different forms. Kenko, a leading name in the Ashitaba industry, now sells Ashitaba tea in its powdered form, which means you can make a nice cup of tea – or use the powder when cooking certain meals – easily. You still get all of the benefits offered by Ashitaba without the extra hassle.
It Slows Ageing
There are a lot of benefits to enjoy, with Ashitaba’s anti-aging property being the most prominent one. Ashitaba contains high concentrations of antioxidants that are useful in fighting the signs of aging. You can use it to supply your body with melatonin, which is the antioxidant that works best against free radicals.
Ashitaba helps the body – particularly the skin – regenerate at an optimum rate. It allows cells to be replaced in a faster and healthier fashion. Since Ashitaba also comes in powdered form, you can use it as a mask and supply the critical nutrients directly to your skin. I know, because I’ve tried it myself and it felt wonderous!
Plenty of Vitamins
Ashitaba is also a source of vitamins. It isn’t just rich in antioxidants; it also contains a lot of vitamins that compliment those antioxidants and minerals perfectly, mainly vitamins A and C. When consumed regularly, these vitamins help the body enhance its immune system. After a couple of weeks of regular consumption, you’ll feel fresher and more energized than ever before.
There is also the fact that Ashitaba contains a lot of vitamin B and E, both of which are crucial to the health of your skin and hair. The tea is a well-guarded secret to the beauty and health of Asian women’s skin and hair. Combined with antioxidants, these vitamins can do wonders in increasing the elasticity and overall health of your skin.
A Safe Detox
Products that claim to be effective detox teas are flooding the market right now, but only a handful of them are actually safe to consume. The majority of products claiming to help detox your body have negative effects that put you through days of pain after every consumption. There are clearly healthier ways to be healthy.
Ashitaba is a fantastic alternative to consider if you are looking for safer ways to detox. It will not force your body to eliminate toxins and unwanted substances immediately – through unpleasant diarrhea – but rather use B12 and chlorophyll, which it has, to mute those toxins and prevent them from negatively affecting your body.
Prevention with Regular Consumption
It is also not a secret that the nutrients found in Ashitaba are effective against certain health issues, including cancer and diabetes. Regular consumption of Ashitaba tea can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases by a substantial margin. At the same time, Ashitaba improves the body’s metabolism and allows it to absorb nutrients more effectively.
When used as a treatment for diabetes, Ashitaba is incredibly effective. What it does is prevent spikes in your blood sugar level, giving the body an easier time in general. Rather than adapting to rapid jumps, your body only needs to worry about a more consistent blood sugar level. I’m not talking about a temporary effect either because Ashitaba also increases insulin sensitivity.
Here’s the fun thing about Ashitaba: it is easy to consume. Yes, Ashitaba tea is the easiest way to consume this leafy green, especially now that you can get powdered Ashitaba tea you can boil easily. The plant, in its powdered form, can also be used in other recipes; I’ll share a tasty recipe for Ashitaba pudding in a future article.
Ashitaba plant is even more flexible and easy to prepare. You can add it to salad, cut it and add it to your favorite pasta, and even use Ashitaba stalks when cooking steamed rice to add a unique flavor to the dish. You will still be getting the benefits of consuming Ashitaba, all while eating tasty dishes and admiring the leaf’s unique flavor in the process.
The only thing you want to avoid when cooking the Ashitaba plant is exposing it to too much heat. You’ll start losing the nutrients and vitamins in this green the moment you expose it to too much heat for too long. This happens with other vegetables too. An easy way to get around this is adding Ashitaba late in the cooking process or using a slow or pressure cooker to keep the nutrients in.
Alright, that’s six things you absolutely need to know about Ashitaba instead of the five I promised at the beginning; more is better, isn’t it? Ashitaba is known as a superfood for all the right reasons. The fact that you can grow it yourself or buy it in different forms makes it even better. If you are eager to try it, Ashitaba tea is the easiest to prepare. I’ll share more recipes with Ashitaba as an ingredient right here on Deliciously Savvy!