Information on Wasabi:
Wasabi is related to cabbage, horseradish, canola and mustard. Known as “Japanese horseradish”, its roots are used for spice and have a strong spicy taste. Its spicy is like that of mustard rather than the spicy taste of capsaicin in chili, which produces slightly more irritating effect on the nose than on the tongue. This tree grows naturally along stream beds in the valleys of the mountainous river in Japan.
Only a small number of sites are suitable for growing large-scale wasabi and cultivating it is very difficult, even in ideal conditions. In Japan, wasabi was cultivated mainly in the following areas:
Izu Peninsula, located in Shizuoka
There are also some artificially cultivated areas to the north to Hokkaidō and to the south to Kyūshū. Demand for wasabi is really high. Japan is a major importer of wasabi from mainland China, A Ly Son in Taiwan and New Zealand.
Nutrition from Wasabi
Wasabi contains fiber, protein, and energy. Minerally, it contains calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc, all of which are naturally and essential elements in our balanced diet. It is rich in vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin B6. The plant also has high levels of certain antioxidants such as isothiocyanate and low in cholesterol.
In general, if wasabi is fed into the diet with a certain frequency, it can increase your essential nutrient intake and positively impact your overall health in some amazing ways!
Benefits from Wasabi:
1. Wasabi helps prevent food poisoning
In Japanese cuisine, wasabi is traditionally served with sushi, sashimi not only because of the pungentness of wasabi, it is a perfect complement to the mild taste of rice and raw fish. Wasabi contains allyl isothiocyanate – an antimicrobial chemical that counteracts the bad effects of living seafood, reducing the risk of abdominal pain. Wasabi helps prevent food poisoning by neutralizing and killing most mold spores.
2. Wasabi helps you to be younger
Sulfinyl – a compound found in fresh wasabi is a potent antioxidant. Frequent use of sulfinyl can help reverse the aging process, reducing oxidative stress in the body, making you more youthful.
3. Wasabi helps prevent cancer
In addition to helping you get younger, wasabi also reduces the risk of cancer. The 6-MSITC compound not only has anti-inflammatory properties but also protects the body against cancer cells.
4. Wasabi is good for the circulatory system
Compound 6-MSITC inhibits platelet aggregation, prevents thrombosis, reduces risk of heart attack and stroke. Wasabi is good for the circulatory system, enhances cardiovascular health, keeps the skin smooth.
5. Wasabi against colds and allergies
Eating wasabi can help prevent colds, flu or allergies. Allyl isothiocyanate helps fight colds, flu and respiratory infections.
However, it is important to eat wasabi if you are taking medicines that are metabolized by the liver. Excessive use of wasabi can cause drug interactions and liver damage.