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Does wasabi improve memory?



A study conducted in Japan has highlighted that wasabi, the rhizome with a pungent and spicy flavor used mainly in sushi, can help strengthen memory, both short and long term.

Wasabi: the Japanese rhizome

He wasabi – whose fresh root is used for the preparation of a sort of pasta consumed as a condiment to accompany raw fish – has a pungent, spicy flavor very similar to that of horseradish and mustard (it belongs, in fact, to the same family).

Beneficial properties

Grated fresh or sold as a paste in tubes, wasabi contains vitamin A and B vitamins (B1, B5, B9). Without forgetting its contribution in mineral salts such as iron, magnesium, sodium, potassium and zinc.

Wasabi improves memory

A Japanese researcher from Tohoku University carried out a study on one property in particular of wasabi, namely the benefits on memory. Thanks to 6-MSITCa biochemical substance contained in the rhizome with a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action.

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The study involved 72 healthy subjects, aged between 60 and 80 years. Half took 100 milligrams of wasabi extract, the rest received a placebo.

After three months, the wasabi group showed significant cognitive improvements. Language skills, concentration and logic were assessed. To improve are staying both the working memory (in the short term) that the long-term episodic memory.


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