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Gynura Procumbens NOT Ashitaba Leaves: Also Edible and Wonderful

When I first wrote about this plant, I referred to it as Ashitaba leaves. This plant was given to me by a friend. Turned out, the plant resembled like Ashitaba but not Ashitaba. The plant is in fact called Gynura Procumbens or longevity spinach. What’s good is the fact that the leaves may not be what it is and has another name, but there still are the medicinal properties from it though. So, on picture is the longevity spinach.

To be packed with much properties alledged to be beneficial to human health is just too wonderful for a leaf! I am a fortunate recipient of this plant from a classmate-friend Jenny who lives in a cool, farm-conducive, mountainous Bukidnon. Bukidnon province is one of the vegetable baskets of the Philippines. I did not know about Gynura Procumbens (and Ashitaba) but this friend’s generosity led me to it. Jenny knows I am a natural remedy advocate. With my husband’s help (in getting good soil), our home is now with this longevity spinach.

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In more complex but delicious taste, the leaves can be taken in as a juice, smoothie, tea or salad dressing. For no hassle, simply pluck a leaf, wash and eat!

My son has this eating vegetable challenge in his health class today. The easiest and fastest way is to cut three tip branches from the plant and voila! Johm has now the ready to eat veggie. Off to school he went this morning with these leaves still on the tip branches inside a clear plastic food container.

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So, what are those allege health benefits of Gynura procumbens leaves? There is a good comparison of Gynura Ashitaba and Ashitaba leaves from this Ashitaba Plant website. And here here is what Gynura Procumbens can do:

Gynura procumbens was able to reduce elevated blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels in diabetic rat models (Singapore study)
Gynura procumbens has anti-hypertensive properties (Korean group of researchers)

Too good to be true but allegedly, Gynura Procumbens may be an herbal treatment of eruptive fever, rash, kidney disease, migraine, constipation, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and even cancer.  
Here is a detailed chemical properties of the plant from Frontiers in Pharmacology
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The scientific article has this summary:
G. procumbens has been demonstrated to have high therapeutic value and has enormous potential for application in the development of medical treatments as well as consumer goods. Its diverse pharmacological effects and biological properties (details are ​(Table1)1) are mainly attributed to its flavonoid content (Figure 1 above picture). However, there is still limited knowledge regarding the underlying mechanisms of action and exact chemical constituents involved. Further research elucidating the mechanisms underlying the biological activities is needed for development of standardized drugs or herbal products.”

Welcoming Longevity Spinach

Knowing all these health benefits, it is just sensible to include longevity spinach on a daily regimen. The plant is too gardener-friendly it grows without much effort and hassle. And it tastes alright like other vegetables.