Regular use of Sawa Wasabi Capsules promotes a healthy liver and associated health benefits
What is Wasabi?
Wasabi is a generic word that originally meant the plant Wasabia japonica, but over the years has been twisted to mean anything that tastes a bit like the True Wasabi plant with a characteristic nose tingle. Most of these "Wasabi" products are actually a horseradish and mustard mix with some colouring and other stuff added for good measure. You can get a free copy of the Wasabi List, which analyses more than 70 commonly available "Wasabi" products, here. The use of Japanese Horseradish as a description of the ingredient is also deceptive as the real description should be Wasabia japonica, which is what we mean when we use Wasabi in the rest of this article.
The fake Wasabi (Japanese horseradish) is best known for its spicy presence in sushi. Lesser known are the health benefits of 100% Pure Wasabia japonica rhizome for liver detox and overall body detox, antioxidant support, and healthy liver and immune function.
Sawa™ Wasabi Rhizome capsules contain 100% Freeze dried Pure Wasabia japonica rhizome powder, containing a full spectrum of glucosinolates, the most desirable nutrients in the wasabi plant. Sawa™ provides support for negative health indicators such as environmental toxins, alcohol, and smoke from tobacco products.*
Why do we need to detox?
Without us even knowing, we are constantly being exposed to toxic substances around us – in food, water, and air. Chemicals and exotoxins from processed foods, automobile emissions, pesticides, industrial pollutants, cigarette smoke, medications, dry cleaning, and body care products are just the few examples of daily toxins we build up in our body.
Many of these toxins are fat-soluble and incorporate themselves into fatty body tissue, including the brain and central nervous system cells, which may be slowly released into the blood during times of exercise, stress, or fasting, contributing to many symptoms such as headaches, muscle and joint pain, and fatigue.
If left alone, these toxins may cause chronic health problems, such as inflammatory conditions and neurological disease, to develop.
How does our body detoxify the toxins?
The primary organ responsible for eliminating toxins from our body is the liver.
It detoxifies toxins by a complex series of chemical reactions carried out by the action of two sequential stages referred to as Phase I and Phase II systems:
Phase I – Uses Cytochrome P450, a group of over 30 enzymes located on the endoplasmic reticulum of hepatocytes, to begin the biotransformation process by oxidizing, reducing, or hydrolyzing toxins to make them more accessible to Phase II.
Phase II – Acts upon the intermediate metabolites from Phase I to make them less toxic, more water-soluble forms, which the body eliminates through urine or stool. Phase II enzymes can also act independently of Phase I activity, and catalyze a toxin that does not require biotransformation. Both Phase I and Phase II must function in balance with each other to transform the intermediate metabolites to non-toxic end products that can be excreted in the urine or feces, and successfully complete the detoxification process.
Benefits of Wasabi: Liver Detox & Overall Body Detox
Cruciferous vegetables are high on the list of foods that support detoxification. These Brassica family foods contain several chemical constituents that induce both Phase I and Phase II detoxification enzymes. Wasabia Japonica, more commonly known as wasabi or Japanese horseradish, is distinctive in the Brassica family in that the rhizomes contain high concentrations of glucosinolates, which converts into many standard isothiocyanates found in more commonly consumed vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, etc.), as well as a unique group of 3 isothiocyanates (long chain isothiocyanates) which are not found in the foods people consume. While the standard isothiocyanates are known for their exceptional detoxification property within the liver, the unique long chain methyl isothiocyanates have been also shown to be up to 40 times more effective than the common isothiocyanates in inducing Phase II enzymes. Therefore, consuming wasabi – especially the rhizome portion of the wasabi – is the most ideal way to assist liver as it detoxifies our body.
The 3 unique long chain methyl isothiocyanates found only in Wasabia japonica have been shown to be up to 40 times more effective than the common isothiocyanates found in other Brassicas.
Finding the Right Wasabi for Detox
Despite the many health benefits that wasabi has to offer, taking advantage of these benefits is not as easy as it sounds.
Most wasabi found in restaurants and supermarkets anywhere in the World contains artificial colour and little or no real wasabi content. Many people who frequently dine out at sushi bars or Japanese restaurants are actually tasting an imitation wasabi powder made with a substitute paste of horseradish and mustard. You will be surprised if you read the ingredient listing on wasabi products sold in supermarkets. You can get a copy of the free Wasabi List here.
Outside of Japan, wasabi is only available in dried powder form or in a tube of green paste, since fresh wasabi does not travel well. It is important to note, however, that the word “wasabi” is used to denote both Wasabia Japonica and European horseradish, although their flavors are quite distinct from each other.
The Japanese government allows a product to be called “wasabi” as long as it contains some real wasabi, which is normally a very small percentage-less than 0.1%. The name “pure wasabi” can be used if it contains more than 5% wasabi. Fresh wasabi is available, but only a few upscale, high-end restaurants would serve them grated fresh from the wasabi rhizome since a single rhizome can cost more than the fish or entrée that it accompanies, and would lose flavor rapidly-within 10-15 minutes.
There is 100% Pure Wasabia japonica rhizome powder available from World Wasabi who has been growing and marketing Wasabia japonica to the World since 1990. Their product is totally free of any additives, colouring or flavouring of any type. This is supplied to most of the Nutraceutical companies who want the best Wasabi product they can get with the highest level of active ingredients. More information is available here.
Sawa™ resolves these dilemmas and provides the highest concentration of active compounds available from Wasabia Japonica rhizomes. Our Wasabia Japonica raw material used in the wasabi capsules is sourced from hydroponically-grown rhizomes, and is harvested when glucosinolate content is highest. It is then carefully freeze-dried and stored to prevent any moisture from coming into contact with the powder. Having the Wasabia Japonica powder contained inside a sealed hard gelatin capsule keeps the delicate glucosinolates and myrosinase intact and free from moisture. The capsule keeps water from coming into contact with the active ingredient. This ensures that once it is present in the digestive tract, the myrosinase can be properly activated and facilitate the liberation of isothiocyanates to aid with liver detoxification. In addition, no preservatives, excipients, or diluents are added. These processing and storage methods help retain the highest amounts of active constituents in the plant.
The Sawa™ capsule delivery system maximizes internal absorption. All ingredients of the capsule, even the colour, are 100% naturally occurring.
Each Sawa™ capsule contains 550mg of 100% Pure Wasabia japonica rhizome powder. A recommended dosage of 3 capsules with breakfast each day will supply you with more glucosinolates than that used in the studies which demonstrated the health benefits and Liver Detox.
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