Ashitaba's scientific name, Angelica Keiskei Koidzumi, comes from the Latin name for "angel," most likely due to its "heavenly", well known health benefits that have given it such notoriety. The inhabitants of Hachijo Island are well known for their longevity, having some of the longest life spans on earth (i.e. many commonly live well into their 90's in good health). Ashitaba has been an integral part of their diet for hundreds of years.
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