I wonder how that feels like though...
What makes for a divine bite of sushi, is really expensive, and has recently been found to be an anti-baldness treatment?
You guessed it right, wasabi!
Japanese food lovers, specially those who'd die for sushi, would know the certain kick it gives when judiciously spread in between the fish and rice. But really, what else do we know about this spicy green plant?
Well, for one, do you know that the actual plant (fresh wasabi) costs around $80 per pound? While seemingly expensive, such high price is actually due to many reasons: One of those is that wasabi is exclusively planted in Japan. Another, growing it is a meticulous process- it should be planted directly in the riverbed wherein water constantly flows around it. Even the process of turning it into paste requires much effort!
So, perhaps the bad toxic-green playdough you've tasted in that cheap and surplus "Japanese restaurant" nearby isn't serving an authentic one.
But who would've thought that you can also put wasabi all over your head? Kinin, a Japanese wasabi company, recently stated that components found in the wasabi plant helps hair grow back faster that Rogaine or minoxidil, a traditional hair-loss medicine. However, considering such expensive price, of course, people would still opt for Rogaine.
Although Kinin's claims have no official scientific basis, there have been some literature on wasabi in medicine and health. Isosaponarin, the chemical that Kinin claimed to regrow hair, helps the body in producing collagen. Another chemical called 6-MSITC can even help inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells. Nonetheless, if you have this hair problem and are adventurous enough, you can always try this one out! (But a thick wallet is also a must.)
Don't feel too bad though, for as King Neptune in Spongebob said, "it's not bald, it's thinning."