What are the health benefits of wasabi

Green, hot - wasabi

Most raw fish lovers agree that there is no sushi without wasabi. The plant comes from the cruciferous family and is a popular Japanese spice. The light green paste is not only hot, but also healthy - provided it is the real product.

Wasabi: hotness with tradition

The wild plant originally only thrives in the flowing waters of Japan and on the Russian island of Sakhalin. Due to the high demand, the plant is also grown in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and China. A plant has to sprout up to two years before the pungent taste spreads in the roots, the rhizomes.

Wasabi is nicknamed "Green Horseradish" because its sharpness, like that of its white namesake, can be felt in the nose and throat. Traditionally, the roots are freshly rubbed on a wooden board covered with shark skin. The heart-shaped leaves of the wasabi plant can also be eaten and refine many dishes.

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Mustard oils develop their healthy effects

As well as being spicy, wasabi has health benefits to offer. The mustard oil glycosides it contains have some positive effects.

  • Natural antibiotic: The mustard oils Glucocochlearin and Sinigrin have an antibacterial effect and fight pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and fungi.
  • Digestion:The consumption of wasabi stimulates digestion due to the mustard oils. But be careful: too much of it causes heartburn and stomach problems.
  • Urinary tract: The mustard oils also fight bacteria in the case of urinary tract infections, and they also have a diuretic effect.
  • Immune system:Wasabi is generally said to have a good effect on the immune system and to increase the immune system. Asthma symptoms should also be alleviated.
  • Cancer preventive:Several scientific studies have also shown that mustard oils, which are also found in other cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, radishes or cabbage, act against malignant tumor cells.

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Pay attention to quality when consuming

Real wasabi is available in root, powder, or paste form. However, the original can hardly be found in restaurants. The reasons why only a cheap substitute product is usually served are as follows:

  • Price: Real wasabi is expensive. One kilogram of it costs between 200 and 400 euros.
  • Low durability:The fresh root is easily perishable. If stored in a cool place, it will only last a week at most. Freshly rubbed and in the air, the sharpness disappears within an hour due to the oxidative process.

It is definitely worth paying attention to the quality. Because in terms of taste, the substitute paste does not even come close to the real root. The paste that is served in conventional restaurants is usually mixed with water and contains a lot, but no real wasabi. If you want to buy wasabi in a tube in the supermarket, you should definitely take a look at the list of ingredients: Instead of the real wasabi plant, the products contain industrially manufactured additives, green-colored horseradish and mustard as well as dangerous E numbers.

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