01/14Wasabi 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. But it honestly can also do a lot more than just add a dash of spice to your food. In fact, wasabi contains tons of properties that can work wonders for your health. Isothiocyanates (ITCs) compound which is found in wasabi is known to be great for health. So, without further ado, take a look at all the benefits wasabi has on your health.

by Darielle Britto

02/14May help tackle hypertension

Wasabi has a high content of potassium, which helps to manage blood pressure levels and improve blood circulation. A deficiency in potassium can increase the risk of hypertension, which can lead to more serious health issues like stroke.

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03/14Naturally antiparasitic

Wasabi contains isothiocyanates (ITCs), which makes it a natural anti-parasitic food. That is why it can effectively work to protect against anisakis parasites, which is often found in seafood like cod, salmon, and squid. Consuming foods like these raw may cause health issues like gastrointestinal issues, bowel obstruction and allergies. Enjoying raw fish recipes with wasabi may help protect your health.

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04/14May combat respiratory issues

Suffer from respiratory issues? Try consuming wasabi. Some research suggests isothiocyanate found in wasabi contains anti-inflammatory properties that may help protect against infections and tackle asthma. Consult with your doctor before adding it to your diet.

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05/14Wasabi may contain anti-aging properties

Wasabi contains powerful properties like 6-methylthiohexyl isothiocyanate (6-MSITC), which is a sulfinyl compound. This compound is also a powerful antioxidant. Because it is packed with this compound it helps to lower reactive oxygen in the body. Regularly consuming wasabi may help you maintain that youthful-looking glow. Even just a teaspoon of it daily can make a difference.

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06/14May improve cardiovascular health

As mentioned earlier, wasabi is rich in the compound isothiocyanate which is known to have anti-platelet aggregation effects which means it can help prevent your blood from clogging. Owing to this property, the vibrant green dish can help keep you safe from cardiovascular diseases.

07/14Helps the digestive system

Wasabi contains large quantities of fibres that can help keep your digestive system healthy by regularly inducing bowel movements and also relieving constipation. In fact, it is also said to promote the production of bile which can help protect both your liver and gallbladder.

08/14Can 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.

09/14Helps 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.

10/14Can 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.