Wasabi faster acting than Aspirin in preventing Heart Attacks, acts faster – lasts longer.
Effects of isothiocyanates on blood
The ITCs in Wasabia japonica have been tested for inhibition of platelet aggregation mediated by arachidonic acid (1), and for disaggregation. ITCs showed a ten times higher response than is reported for aspirin. In the case of heart attacks, where aspirin is commonly prescribed, ITCs have been shown to have a more rapid action at low levels than the thirty minutes for aspirin.
In the case of heart attacks, where aspirin is commonly prescribed, ITCs have been shown to have a more rapid action at low levels than the thirty minutes for aspirin.
In this regard, the most potent ITCs reported are -methylthioalkyl ITCs, especially 6-methylthiohexyl followed by 7-methylthioheptyl and 5-methylthiopentyl ITCs.
The anticoagulant property of ITCs could be used in the treatment of elderly people and during surgery where preventing platelet aggregation is vital for the well being of the patient. The mechanism by which the ITCs inhibit platelet aggregation from occurring has not been precisely determined but may be through a specific inhibition of the arachidonic acid cascade (2). This therefore raises the possibility of using ITCs to limit inflammation in tissues, as anecdotal evidence describes relief for arthritis sufferers.
1 – Kumagai H, Kishima N, Seki T, Sakurai, H., Ishii K and Ariga T. 1994. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem 58:2131-2135.
2 – Depree JA Howard TM and Savage GP. 1999. Food Res Inter 31: 329-337.
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