Wasabi, mainly called Wasabia Japonica  (meaning Japanese Horseradish) is related to a family of plants like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. It is mainly cultivated in Japan and gradually getting welcomed in western countries. It can also be found in some Indian reataurants who serve Japanese foods like 'Sushi'. 

There are different varieties of wasabi based on the environment they are grown. In this article we discuss about wasabi that grows in water, called as 'sawa' as it is the most beneficial plant with high level of bioactive components.

True or Sawa wasabi is very expensive and it is traditionally grated fresh onto food, since it can lose flavor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. Outside of Japan, they give the name wasabi to a green paste served with sushi but it is not a true wasabi and it has very little medicinal quality compared to sawa. 

Medicinal Uses of Sawa Wasabi:

1. Anti-Inflammatory Effects:

Sawa Wasabi contains Isothiocyanates which is an anti-inflammatory and anti-asthmatic agents. Thus researches found than sawa wasabi is useful for controlling seasonal allergies and asthma.

2. Anti-Microbial Effects: 

Sawa wasabi extracts are used to kill the bacterium that is responsible for gastric ulcer and stomach cancer. These extracts of sawa can kill the bacterium even if it has entered cells lining the stomach.

3. Anti-Platelet Effects: 

Inhibition of clotting in the blood stream is very important to avoid heart attack .  Sawa wasabi is found to inhibit platelet aggression which is very useful in elderly people where preventing excessive clotting is vital. Platelet aggression is the main cause of carido vascular diseases.

4. Anti-Cancer Effects:

Sawa Wasabi is found to be useful in blocking cells that are resposible for cancer, tumor, luekemia , etc.,. And another important factor is that it does not do any harm to normal cells thereby resulting in no side effects.

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