WASABI also known as Japanese horseradish, is a plant from the cabbage family that is popular in Japanese cuisine. Its root is used to prepare a green paste with an intense, spicy flavor, often served as an accompaniment to sushi or sashimi. However, wasabia not only adds character to dishes, but also has health-promoting properties.
Health properties of wasabia:
Antibacterial and antiviral effects: Wasabia contains isothiocyanates, which exhibit strong antibacterial and antiviral activity. As a result, it can help fight infections and support the immune system.
Anticancer: Studies show that isothiocyanates present in wasabia can inhibit the growth of cancer cells and promote apoptosis, the natural death of cancer cells.
Anti-inflammatory: Wasabia has anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve inflammation in the body, such as arthritis and asthma.
Digestion support: Wasabia stimulates the secretion of digestive juices, which can promote proper digestion and relieve indigestion symptoms.
Protecting the heart. Isothiocyanates present in wasabia may help maintain normal blood cholesterol levels, which may contribute to cardiovascular protection and heart health.
Wasabi uses in cooking:
- as an ingredient in sauces, such as for salads, grilled vegetables or meat,
- an addition to sandwiches or wraps, instead of classic mustard,
- a seasoning for rice, pasta or soups,
- an ingredient in marinades for meat or fish.
Dosage: no specific guidelines.