Sushi is not the same without that super hot green wasabi, and according to a recent study wasabi is not only good for sushi but it is also good for hair growth.
The new study was announced by Kirin. Kirin is one of the biggest producer of wasabi in Japan. Researchers found out that the chemical isosaponarin which can be found on wasabi plant can actually stimulate papilla cells in human scalp. Papilla cells are isolated mainly from human dermis of the scalp, originating from the occipital or temple region. These cells are vital in hair growth and formation. They reacted positively to isosaponarin. Isosaponarin also set off the growth and development of proteins that creates pathways and gives nutrients to papilla cells.
Isosaponarin effects to hair growth is identical to a sought-after hair growth chemical solution called minoxidil, however isosaponarin is three times more effective. In addition, the study also found that the major bioactive compound in wasabi called 6-MSITC (6-Methylsulfinyl hexyl isothiocyanate) also affects papilla cells in a positive way.
Keep in mind though that only Japanese wasabi have hair growth chemicals, these wasabi are hard to find. Most wasabi outside Japan that we find in stores and in Japanese restaurats are a mixture of horseradish, mustard and food coloring with little, if any, real wasabi mixed in. Real Japanese wasabi has more herbal taste than the fake stuff. It’s hot but doesn’t have a lingering, burning aftertaste.
If you are lucky enough to find the real Japanese Wasabi, you’ll need to lather it on your scalp, not to be eaten, to stimulate hair growth. They are also sold in tubes that contain less than 50% of Japanese wasabi.
Wasabia japonica or Eutrema japonica is a member of Brassicaceae family together with cabbages, horseradish, and mustard. It is also called Japanese horseradish these plants are scarce since it needs a special growing conditions like clean mountain water with a temperature of 10-17 degrees. The stems of wasabi plants are used as a condiment and it has a very stong aroma and pungent taste that are comparable to hot mustard than the capsaicin in a chili pepper. It also stimulates the nasal passages more than the tongue.
Wasabi plants grow naturally along streambeds in mountain river valleys in only 5 regions in Japan. They are usually sold in marketplace in Japan as a stem that is grated finely. High-end restaurants in Japan prepare the paste upon order since it loses flavor after 15 minutes if left uncovered. This is also the reason why sushi chefs usually put the wasabi between the fish and the sticky rice because covering wasabi until served preserves its flavor.
Wasabi also aids in weight loss, you cook wasabi with peas and other low-calorie food if you want to lose weight. It’s a delicious low-calorie substitute for other unhealthy snacks like potato chips. It also contains nutrients that nourish your body.
Other health benefits of wasabi includes anti-inflammatory properties, antimicrobial properties, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, heart benefits and it also improves digestion by getting rid of harmful toxins from the body.