Wasabi Powder-Usage & Health Benefits

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Wasabi PowderWasabi is a type of horse radish found only in Japan; the other parts of the world use it in a dried and ground form - as Wasabi Powder. If the sushi bar is where you love to eat you are no stranger to this wonderful condiment, but there are a range of benefits of wasabi powder that you must be  unaware off, especially the health benefits. This article will tell you all about this unique ingredient.


 


Uses of Wasabi Powder


1. Culinary


Wasabi powder is the perfectly compliments Asian cuisine.  Used as a condiment to enhance taste of Japanese dishes such as Sushi, Sushimi and Soba dishes, and also with raw fish. It can be used as a Dijon mustard substitute and to flavor home made mustards. It can also be used to flavor dips, meat, soy sauce and other food items due to its characteristic flavor. Legumes and nuts coated with wasabi powder are available in the markets for consumption and are very popular.


 


2. Medicinal


It is a unique food condiment but also possesses many potential health benefits. Studies have shown that it destroys different cancer cells, reduces blood clots, encourages the bodily defenses to discard mutated cells, and acts as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent against food poisons.


 


Health Benefits of Wasabi Powder


Wasabi contains certain chemical isothiocyanates that have immense health benefactor potential. Here are some of the health benefits that wasabi powder has to offer


  • It has anti-inflammatory properties due to isothiocyanates

  • Potential to treat asthma, arthritis and many other allergies

  • Helps in the prevention of cancer (breast, prostate, colon, lung, pancreas, throat, bladder, leukemia and more)

  • Potentially helps arrest the metastasis (spreading cancer beyond the local site) of cancerous cells - a potential adjunct to chemotherapy and radiation treatment

  • Reduces toxicity in cancer treatments

  • Reduces platelet aggregation – prevents heart attach and stroke

  • Isothiocyanates make it a powerful antibacterial agent, especially against Streptococcus mutans, E-Coli, Staphylococcus and Helicobacter pylori

  • Effective against dental cavities and gingivitis

  • helps reduce the effects food poisoning, supports detoxification

  • Efficacy and potency in supporting natural liver and digestive detoxification

  • Reduces diarrhea

  • Protects nephrons in patients with diabetes

  • Acts as an antioxidant

  • Provides immune modulation

  • Potentially help treat osteoporosis


 


If you are eager to try out this pungent condiment, here is a range of very simple and quick to prepare sauces and salad dressings to tantalize you taste buds.  Find out how to make Ginger Wasabi Sauce, Okami Wasabi Sauce, Wasabi Aioli and Wasabi Vinaigrette. Take you pick! 


 


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Michel Van Mellaerts's picture
This is only true if yo Wasabi Powder is True Wasabia japonica powder and not the coloured horseradish maskerading as wasabi. You need to check the ingredients list, if it only has one ingredient "Wasabia japonica rhizome" then you will get the health benefits. Lots of wasabi recipes, reviews and articles at wasabi.org and www.wasabi.co.nz.