Wasabi is a crop that is native to Japan. It is now grown in other countries, including Taiwan and New Zealand. Wasabi is mainly grown for its roots. The roots are used to prepare sauces and condiments that have a strong and spicy flavor.

People take wasabi by mouth to prevent heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis.

Wasabi is used in food as a strong spice.

How it works

Wasabi seems to have antibacterial, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects. It also seems to slow blood clotting and stimulate bone growth.


Not Proven
Heart disease prevention
Other conditions


There isn't enough reliable information available about wasabi to know if it is safe or what the possible side effects might be.



Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking wasabi if you arepregnantorbreast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Bleeding disorders: Wasabi might slow blood clotting. In theory, wasabi might increase the risk of bleeding and bruising in people with bleeding disorders.

Surgery: Wasabi might slow blood clotting. In theory, wasabi might cause too much bleeding during surgery. Stop taking wasabi as a medicine at least 2 weeks before surgery.


Always consult with your doctor.
Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant/Antiplatelet drugs)

Wasabi might slow blood clotting. In theory, taking wasabi along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, ticlopidine (Ticlid), warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

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