It is a spice prepared from a grated root of a plant called wasabi (Wasabia japonica). Wasabi is considered to be a cabbage plant.
For hundreds of years wasabi was used as a germicide and fungicide. It has many other properties, e.g.
- stimulates the secretion of digestive juices - cleanses the body of toxins - contains dietary fiber, hence the condiment is considered an effective remedy for constipation - shows the ability to neutralize certain strains of bacteria, viruses and fungi responsible for stomach ulcers - the use of wasabi also facilitates breathing, helps clean the airways, clears the nose and sinuses - in the wasabi you can also find nearly twenty different types of isothiocyanates and these are able to inhibit the growth of tumors - it is rich in vitamin C, provitamin A, potassium, sodium and magnesium