Posted on: October 27, 2020 at 8:45 pm
Last updated: October 29, 2020 at 5:24 pm

Most of us recognize wasabi as the green condiment that accompanies sushi. It turns out, however, that the spicy green paste is good for more than just adding some kick to your crispy salmon roll. According to one company, wasabi as a baldness treatment is an effective way to solve your hair woes.

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The question is- would you try it?

Wasabi Baldness Treatment

Japanese wasabi company Kinin announced their new discovery: wasabi works as a baldness treatment. Specifically, they found that there is a chemical in wasabi leaves that help regrow hair faster than commercial hair loss remedies.

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The chemical is called isosaponarin, and it has the ability to “wake up” the papilla cells in your scalp. The trick is, you have to apply it to your scalp- not eat it.

It appears that when the papilla cells come into contact with the isosaponarin, they begin to respond to external stimuli that promotes hair growth. The isosaponarin also seems to activate the development of proteins that help deliver nutrients to the papilla cells.

Additionally, the root also contains 6-MSITC (6-methylsulfinylhexyl isothiocyanate). Not only is this compound responsible for wasabi’s pungent smell, but it also appears to have the same effect as wasabi leaves.

Apparently, wasabi is three times more effective than traditional hair regrowth treatments like Rogaine [1].

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The Drawbacks

Of course, the most obvious drawback to using wasabi as a baldness treatment is the smell. While some people may really enjoy the taste of wasabi with their favorite sushi roll, most of them would prefer not to smell like the odiferous condiment.

On top of that, wasabi isn’t necessarily easy to get. The claims that Kinin are making are about real, Japanese wasabi- not the fake green stuff that you’ll find at most sushi establishments, that’s mostly horseradish. Fresh wasabi, while it may work as a baldness treatment, may not be very cost-effective. The real stuff typically goes for eighty dollars per pound [2].

It is also important to note that there has been no official scientific research to support these effects. For this reason, you may be better off sticking with Rogaine after all.

Alternatively, you could try some of these natural home remedies to prevent or treat hair loss. You may also want to consider including some of these foods in your diet that can help reverse hair loss.

Of course, you can also choose to simply allow your head to go bald. While society has made baldness out to be a bad thing, it is normal and natural. Going bald is nothing to be ashamed of. If, however, it is really important to you and traditional remedies don’t seem to be working, perhaps a wasabi baldness treatment is something to consider.

Keep Reading: Is The Sushi You’re Served Made With Fake Crab & Should You Eat It?

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and is for information only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions about your medical condition and/or current medication. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking advice or treatment because of something you have read here.

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Brittany Hambleton
Team Writer
Brittany is a freelance writer and editor with a Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition and a writer’s certificate from the University of Western Ontario. She enjoyed a stint as a personal trainer and is an avid runner. Brittany loves to combine running and traveling, and has run numerous races across North America and Europe. She also loves chocolate more than anything else… the darker, the better!

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