WASABI as a healthy food

WASABI as a healthy food

Wasabi contains anti-oxidants and allyl isothiocyanates. It is the isothiocyanates (ITCs) produced when wasabi is grated that led to wasabi’s reputation as a healthy food. Anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic qualities inherent in ITCs are probably the reason that wasabi has been traditionally served with raw fish dishes as wasabi was used to counter the effect of food poisoning by killing bacteria and parasites in the fish.

Studies also suggest that wasabi contains anti inflammatory, anti oxidant and anti-viral properties, along with other famously healthy members of the basic family that produce ITCs, like broccoli and watercress, wasabi has recently become an important tool in research into cancer prevention and treatment.

Other health claims relating to wasabi include:

  • It is a source of vitamin C
  • Low cholesterol
  • Contributes to heart health
  • Contributes energy for normal metabolism
  • Reduces total blood cholesterol and reduces blood pressure
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