Japanese condiment wasabi may fight pancreatic cancer

Japanese condiment wasabi may fight pancreatic cancer

Wasabi, often called Japanese horseradish, is a relative of the watercress family. It is a root that is often sliced or grated and used in Japanese cuisine. It is also turned into a green paste, which is served as a condiment with sushi.

Promising research shows that the Japanese condiment wasabi may fight pancreatic cancer.

The study shows that wasabi may fight cancer by getting to the root of the disease.

The researchers evaluated a compound found in the Japanese condiment called 6-MITC and its efficacy against pancreatic cancer.

According to the study abstract:

The naturally occurring bioactive compound 6-MITC from wasabi and its chemical derivative I7557 were demonstrated to have bioactivity against human pancreatic cancer cells in this study. Furthermore, the CSC population and the expression of SOX2 were reduced by treatment with these compounds. As a pungent spice used in food, especially in Japanese cuisine, wasabi is commonly accepted for use in a small amount. Due to the strong flavor, the use of wasabi as a food condiment may not be suitable for treatment or prevention of cancer. Instead, the pure compound 6-MITC and its chemical derivative I7557, which are flavorless, might be more suitable for development as bioactive agents against cancer.”

To simplify, the researchers found that the compound 6-MITC from wasabi helped kill cancer cells and get to the root of the disease, which is the stem cells. Because wasabi is very strong and pungent, it may not be a suitable treatment for some. However, the researchers believe that the isolated compound itself, which is flavorless, can be useful against pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer is cancer of the pancreas. The American Cancer Society estimates that in the year 2015, about 48,960 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and about 40,560 people will die from it. Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3 percent of all cancer in the U.S.

The study showing that wasabi may fight pancreatic cancer was published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

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