Spice up your Life – The Healing Power of Wasabi!

It’s that little green blob you always find on the side of your sushi plate that REALLY spices things up! If you love spicy food, I’m sure that you are a big fan of wasabi. Wasabi has been a popular condiment in Japan for many years and it has been referred to as the “Japanese horseradish.” Interestingly enough, wasabi is actually in the same botanical family as the horseradish plant. Not only does wasabi offer a serious flavor kick, but it’s loaded with health-promoting properties. Studies have shown that eating this spicy green food can help with promoting healing from stomach cancer and breast cancer. It’s also been shown to have a positive effect on those who are suffering from colon and lung cancer. Wasabi has been used in helping people recover from food poisoning because it is a natural defender against E. Coli and bacterias that can cause illness and discomfort. It’s also been helpful in helping those with ulcers and high cholesterol. In another study, researchers found that wasabi contains compounds that can actually increase bone density, making it a good food for those who are worried about osteoporosis. Looking for ways to include wasabi into your diet? It pairs nicely with various meats, noodles, fish, and rice dishes. Check out the wasabi powder from MySpiceSage. You will love it!

FAST FACTS:

- Japanese researchers found that the ITCs in wasabi can stop the growth of cavity-causing bacteria.

- Wasabi goes great with garlic, parsley, sesame seeds, and onion. It also pairs nicely with coriander and bay leaves.

References: Healing Spices by Bharat B. Aggarwal. Sterling Publishing Co, 2011. New York, NY.