Wasabi is not only a spicy and tea flavor that Japanese and foreigners like many Thais like. But it also comes with health benefits that you may not have known about.
What is Wasabi?
Wasabi (wasabi) is a Japanese plant. Which is a cruciferous vegetable. It usually grows naturally in streams, valleys and mountain rivers in Japan. It also grows in parts of China UFABET, Korea, New Zealand and North America. Especially in the area that is shady and humid
nutrients from wasabi
Wasabi is famous for its use in many Japanese dishes, such as sushi and noodles. Most of the time we see grated wasabi or powdered wasabi. Actually, the pungent flavor we get from wasabi comes from the root. Which is rich in dietary fiber (Fiber) and contains many vitamins and minerals such as
- B vitamins
- vitamin A
- Vitamin C
benefits of wasabi
Reduce the risk of cancer
Wasabi contains some beneficial compounds, such as isothiocyanates (ITCs), which are anti-cancer compounds commonly found in cruciferous plants.
One study found that ITCs extracted from wasabi roots. Helps to inhibit the formation of acrylamide (Acrylamide) up to 90 percent. Which is a chemical reaction between protein and sugar caused by heat. Acrylamide is a chemical that can occur in some foods. Especially french fries French fries and coffee that will occur during high-temperature cooking processes such as frying and grilling
Studies have shown that the consumption of acrylamide in the diet It has been implicated in some cancers, such as kidney, endometrial and ovarian cancers. ITCs and compounds contained in wasabi Contributes to the inhibition of cell growth in colon, oral, pancreatic and human breast cancers.
There are also some observational studies. Found that the consumption of cruciferous vegetables like wasabi was increased. It may help reduce the risk of many cancers such as lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and bladder cancer.
Wasabi is a plant with potent anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is the immune system’s response to infection. injuries and poisons when the body is inflamed and without control until becoming a chronic condition It can lead to the development of other diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Studies involving animal cells indicate that the ITCs contained in wasabi contribute to the inhibition of pro-inflammatory cells and enzymes, as well as pro-inflammatory cytokines. Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and cytokines involved in inflammation But research on wasabi’s inflammation reduction is limited and it’s unclear if it has an anti-inflammatory effect in humans. Therefore, further studies are needed.
Prevent food poisoning
Wasabi is effective against E. coli O157:H7, a type of bacteria that cause serious gastrointestinal disease, and Staphylococcus aureus. contaminated food Toxins called enterotoxins are produced and this affects the digestive system. These two types of bacteria are the most common cause of food poisoning.
However, for this feature of wasabi. Further research is needed to confirm this further.
prevent tooth decay
Dr. Naruemon Taweeset, Faculty of Public Health Mahidol University states that wasabi contains isothiocyanate that may have antibacterial activity in the mouth that causes tooth decay, such as streptococcus mutant bacteria.
However, despite the Thai Ministry of Public Health revealing that Wasabi has medicinal properties that may be used as an ingredient in toothpaste to prevent tooth decay problems in the future. But there are currently only a small number of studies looking at the benefits of wasabi in preventing tooth decay. Therefore, it cannot be concluded that Wasabi has such properties. and should study further To bring the results obtained to apply in oral health care.
Many people believe spicy food can help reduce obesity Because it increases the metabolism in the body more sure enough. which had been experimented with rats and found that Wasabi leaf extract fed to rats concurrently with a high fat diet. May help stop the occurrence of obesity from high fat foods.
However, the above research is only an animal experiment. not directly tested on humans Therefore, wasabi can not be confirmed whether or not and how safe it actually helps people lose weight. To confirm this hypothesis clearly and apply it for further benefits.
Precautions when eating wasabi
Although eating wasabi for general dietary purposes is safe and healthy, But eating wasabi to treat a particular disease At present, there is not enough information to confirm the efficacy and safety of consuming wasabi for the treatment or prevention of disease. People with health problems should consult a doctor before consuming or using any wasabi products, especially pregnant and lactating women, including people with bleeding disorders. Because wasabi might slow blood clotting. And it may increase the risk of people with bleeding disorders bruising or bleeding easily and people who are about to undergo surgery. Because wasabi can cause abnormal bleeding during surgery. Therefore, it is advised to refrain from consuming wasabi at least 2 weeks before surgery.