Fighting Cancer Without harmful side effects.
By Protecting your bodies DNA with the right type of foods.
It has become increasingly difficult to protect our health from the constant bombardment of carcinogenic chemicals, including pesticides, that are part of the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat on a daily basis.
Providing the body with defensive agents that is found in foods such as curcumin, chlorophyllin, wasabi, and broccoli can maximize protection against DNA damage, thus making an important contribution to good health and a long life.
A number of scientific studies have shown that one of the most important foods found to strengthen your immune system and DNA to actively search out and kill Cancer in your body is Wasabia japonica (commonly known as Wasabi). It has been found to be 40 times more effective than its next most potent food (broccoli)
What is Wasabia japonica?
Wasabi japonica is a member of the Brassica, or cruciferous, family of vegetables, which includes cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, horseradish, and 10 other plants.
These vegetables add crunch and flavour to meals, and have long been recognized as important parts of a healthy diet because of their fibre content. Recent research has revealed, however, that there is much more to these vegetables than just fibre content.
They contain high levels of glucosinolates, a group of compounds that are converted to isothiocyanates by the enzyme myrosinase when the plant cells are damaged by harvesting, cutting, or chewing. It is the isothiocyanates that give these vegetables their sharp flavors. Wasabi, the green, pungent paste usually served with sushi, is one of the most potent sources of isothiocyanates among all plant species.
These isothiocyanates do more than add flavour to a meal. A Japanese study found that allyl isothiocyanate has significant antioxidant actions, particularly against the superoxide radical. According to the authors, this phytochemical also has an inhibitory effect on the growth of food poisoning bacteria and fungi, and showed anti-mutagenic activity against a common carcinogen found in broiled fish and meat.
MOST IMPORTANT UNIQUE ISOTHIOCYANATES FOUND IN WASABIA JAPONICA
- 6-methylthiohexyl isothiocyanate
- 7-methylthioheptyl isothiocyanate
- 8-methylthiooctyl isothiocyanate
Three other Japanese studies discovered dramatic benefits from 6-methylsulfinyhexyl isothiocyanate, or 6-MITC. Researchers at Japan’s Nagoya University found 6-MITC to be a potent inducer of glutathione S-transferase, one of the most important Phase II detoxification enzymes, due to its high reactivity. 6-MITC has also been shown to inhibit cell proliferation in human leukemia and stomach cancer cells in vitro by promoting apoptosis within 24 hours.[3, 4] This may suppress the growth of pre-clinical tumors and contribute to a decreased incidence of cancer. Scientists at Japan’s Kanazawa Gakuin College learned that 6-MITC has similar properties against breast cancer and melanoma cells, influencing not only cell growth but also the cells’ survival.
The authors concluded that because of the low dosages required, 6-MITC has the potential to control cancer cells of all types.
The importance of 6-MITC has also been demonstrated in experiments with rats and mice. Japanese researchers discovered that oral 6-MITC is easily absorbed and rapidly enters the circulatory system, reaching a maximum level within 30 minutes. Blood levels then decrease relatively slowly, allowing it to stimulate higher glutathione S-transferase levels for extended periods. Additional experiments have found that isothiocyanates inhibit rat lung, esophagus, mammary gland, liver, small intestine, colon, and bladder tumorigenesis.[7-9]
These results have led researchers to consider isothiocyanates to be readily available cancer chemopreventive agents.
Because growing Wasabia japonica (Wasabi) is complex and time consuming, and fresh Wasabi japonica rhizomes (roots) are very expensive, most restaurants substitute less expensive European horseradish, adding green color and a touch of real wasabi for flavor.
European horseradish, however, does not contain wasabi’s diversity of isothiocyanates.
While it shares many of the short-chain isothiocyanates, European horseradish lacks longer-chain isothiocyanates, including 6-MITC. Most other vegetables in the Brassica family are also deficient in these longer-chain isothiocyanates, so it is hard to attain all the potential benefits of these phytochemicals from dietary sources. In addition, cooking these vegetables results in substantial degradation of the myrosinase conversion enzyme.
This makes wasabi supplementation an attractive option.
Wasabia japonica Capsules can be obtained here.
You can purchase 100% Pure Wasabia japonica rhizome powder here. This powder is freeze dried to retain all the ITC content and contains no additives.
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2. Morimitsu Y, Hayashi K, Nakagawa Y, Horio F, Uchida K, Osawa T. Antiplatelet and anticancer isothiocyanates in Japanese domestic horseradish, wasabi. Biofactors. 2000;13(1-4):271-6.
3. Watanabe M, Ohata M, Hayakawa S, et al. Identification of 6-methylsulfinyhexyl isothiocyanate as an apoptosis-inducing component in wasabi. Phytochemistry. 2003 Mar;62(5):733-9.
4. Xu K, Thornalley PJ. Studies on the mechanism of the inhibition of human leukaemia cell growth by dietary isothiocyanates and their cysteine adducts in vitro. Biochem Pharmacol. 2000 Jul 15;60(2):221-31.
5. Nomura T, Shinoda S, Yamori T, et al. Selective sensitivity to wasabi-derived 6-(methylsulfiny)hexyl isothiocyanate of human breast cancer and melanoma cell lines studies in vitro. Cancer Detect Prev. 2005;29(2):155-60.
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7. Morse MA, Zu H, Galati AJ, Schmidt CJ, Stoner GD. Dose-related inhibition by dietary phenethyl isothiocyanate of esophageal tumorigenesis and DNA methylation induced by N-nitrosomethylbenzylamine in rats. Cancer Lett. 1993 Aug 16;72(1-2):103-10.
8. Doerr-O’Rourke K, Trushin N, Hecht SS, Stoner GD. Effect of phenethyl isothiocyanate on the metabolism of the tobacco-specific nitrosamine 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone by cultured rat lung tissue. Carcinogenesis. 1991 Jun;12(6):1029-34.
9. Hecht SS. Chemoprevention by isothiocyanates. J Cell Biochem Suppl. 1995;22:195-209.
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