Ashitaba is the green stuff between the egg and the fish.
When I visited Hachijo Jima, I was served ashitaba every day. I recently read an article saying a new study found that the traditional belief that ashitaba is healthy has good scientific grounds.
A natural substance in the bitter plant seems to induce a process that helps remove "cellular garbage" that can build up as cells age and cause a range of diseases and disorders.The substance is known as dimethoxychalcone or DMC and it induces a process called autophagy, which removes superfluous material, like aggregated proteins.
When cells fail to promptly and efficiently remove damaged parts, they can build up and lead to diseases including cancer. Frank Madeo, a professor at the University of Graz's Institute of Molecular Biosciences in Austria helped lead the research. He said "It is always nice to find a scientific rationale for traditional medical folk tales."
Have you eaten ashitaba before? Is there any food that you eat that you are convinced is healthy and keeps you young?