Japanese food lovers are certainly no strangers to wasabi. Despite the spicy taste and sharp aroma, the benefits of wasabi are not insignificant. The variety of nutrients contained in it turns out to be good for the health of the body.
Wasabi comes from the plant Eutrema japonicum, which is a type of vegetable that still belongs to the cabbage. In Japan, this plant can grow wild along clean, cool river streams.
Wasabi has a distinctive aroma and taste, so it is often used as an additive to enrich the taste in various types of food, such as sushi, noodles, soups, and grilled meats. Wasabi is available in a variety of forms, and one of them is pasta. This wasabi pasta has been widely sold in various countries, including Indonesia.
Wasabi Benefits for Body Health
Thanks to the nutritional content and various substances in it, there are many benefits of wasabi that you can get, including:
Wasabi plants have an active compound called isothiocyanates (ITC). This compound has a role as an antibacterial. That is why wasabi is often served with raw foods, such as sushi and sashimi.
This is because wasabi can disinfect raw foods, thus lowering the risk of food poisoning. Wasabi is also said to be able to eradicate germs in the urinary tract and respiratory tract.
Although it acts as an antibacterial, the main way to avoid the risk of food poisoning is to cook the ingredients until completely cooked.
2. Maintain a stable weight
Wasabi is known to increase the body’s metabolism. This means that wasabi can support the process of burning fat tissue in the body, so that the weight can be more maintained. However, the benefits of wasabi for diet and weight loss still need to be studied further
3. Relieves inflammation
Inflammation is the immune system’s response to infections, injuries, and toxins that enter the body. In addition to being antibacterial, the content of ITC in wasabi is also beneficial in reducing inflammation.
Some studies have shown that wasabi extract can suppress the activity of the body’s excess immune cells, thus relieving inflammation. Not only that, wasabi is also known to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and is good for maintaining brain health.
4. Clean the respiratory tract
The anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant content of wasabi is known to have the potential to treat respiratory diseases, such as sinusitis and bronchitis.
Antibacterial in wasabi can also help disinfect the respiratory tract. Meanwhile, its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant content can relieve inflammation and prevent damage to cells in the respiratory tract.
In addition, the stinging and sharp aroma of wasabi can also help relieve cold symptoms and stimulate mucus production from the respiratory tract, so that the breath becomes relieved.