Wasabi: The Secret Sauce to Sharper Memory in Older Adults

By: | November 13th, 2023

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Wasabi, the traditional Japanese condiment, packs a powerful punch of flavors to sashimi, sushi, and other dishes with its sharp, mustard-like flavors.

In a recently published study, researchers found that regular consumption of wasabi can lead to improved memory, cognitive performance, and mental processing skills in older individuals aged 60 and above.

In this research, a double-blinded randomized control trial was conducted over 12 weeks with a group of 72 older adults. Half of the participants received a daily supplement containing 100 mg of wasabi extract, while the control group was given an inactive 100-mg cyclodextrin tablet.

The wasabi supplement featured 0.8 mg of 6-methylsulfinyl hexyl isothiocyanate (6-MSITC), the active ingredient that researchers believe to play a crucial role in improving memory function.

Wasabi: A Tasty Memory Booster for Seniors

The findings revealed that individuals who consumed their nightly wasabi tablets experienced enhancements in both long-term and short-term memory, as well as improved performance in association tests, like matching names to faces. In contrast, the placebo group displayed no significant changes in cognitive function.

If you’re not a fan of the fiery wasabi sensation, the great news is that when taken as a supplement, you can still enjoy all the cognitive benefits without the spicy burn.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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