01/8Wasabi is loaded with healing health benefits

Wasabi is loaded with healing health benefits

As sushi is becoming popular in India, many are developing a taste for wasabi - Japanese horseradish. Wasabi is known for being hot and pungent. However, it can do so much more than just spice up your salmon roll. This bright green colour Japanese staple contains loads of properties that are beneficial for our health. A compound found in wasabi called isothiocyanates (ITCs) has many health benefits. Here is why you should add wasabi to your diet.

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02/8Can prevent food poisoning

Can prevent food poisoning

We bet this one is coming as a surprise to you but yes, wasabi can help prevent food poisoning. It contains a component called allyl isothiocyanate which inhibits the growth of Salmonella sp., E.coli, H. pylori, and Staphylococcus aureus all of which cause food poisoning.

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03/8Helps keep a check on cholesterol levels

Helps keep a check on cholesterol levels

Consuming wasabi can also help keep your cholesterol levels in check. Apparently, it can help lower LDL levels (bad cholesterol) the body and can thus help one maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Due to this, it can also prevent other diseases like stroke and atherosclerosis.

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04/8Can prevent cavities

Can prevent cavities

Did you know wasabi could actually help prevent tooth decay by inhibiting the growth of Streptococcus mutans? It contains isothiocyanate which can help combat tooth decay and can keep your teeth looking pearly white.

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05/8May reduce fat cells

May reduce fat cells

The growth and formation of fat cells could be reduced with the help of wasabi leaves as they contain powerful compounds. Animal studies have found a compound from wasabi leaves could stop the formation of fat cells by switching off the gene responsible for fat formation. One study also found wasabi leaf extract could help in weight management. While the findings look promising, more research is needed to fully investigate how wasabi can be used to tackle obesity.

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06/8May contain anticancer properties

May contain anticancer properties

Multiple studies have been investigating wasabi for its anticancer properties. One study found Isothiocyanates (ITCs), compounds extracted from the wasabi root was able to prevent the formation of a chemical called acrylamide by 90 per cent. French fries and coffee are certain foods that contain acrylamide when cooked at high temperatures. Some researchers believe there is a strong link between some types of cancer and acrylamide.

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07/8May contain anti-inflammatory properties

May contain anti-inflammatory properties

Inflammation occurs due to the body's response to toxins and infections. While it can be healthy in some ways, chronic inflammation can lead to severe health conditions. This is where wasabi can help as it is loaded with anti-inflammatory properties. Consuming a good amount of it regularly may help you to reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

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08/8May contain antibacterial properties

May contain antibacterial properties

Isothiocyanates (ITCs) are compounds found in wasabi and the main reason it has so many health benefits. Researchers believe it is loaded with antibacterial properties. Some studies suggest it can tackle issues with food poisoning and digestive issues caused by viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Wasabi extract has been found to help tackle Escherichia coli O157: H7 due to its powerful antibacterial properties. It can also fight Staphylococcus aureus.

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