5 Compounds that Make Oregano a Nutritional Powerhouse
Also known as sweet marjoram or wild marjoram, oregano oil is native to western and southwestern Europe, Asia and the Mediterranean. In the Greek language it is the combination of two words: mountain (oros) and joy (ganus). Although often used as a culinary spice for its distinct flavor and aroma, oregano is also a medicinal power-house. Oregano is an amazing healing plant due to the following constituents:
- Firstly, oregano contains Carvacrol, which is known to be a powerful antimicrobial agent. Carvacarol is so robust that it can preserve food and keep our bodies from developing candida albicans fungus, keeps the aspergillus mold, giardia, staphylococcus, listeria, and salmonella poisoning at bay, and even prevents e.coli from spreading.
- Oregano also contains a compound called Thymol, a natural fungicide and immune booster.
- Further, class of hydrocarbons known as Terpenes is also present in oregano, as well as the cannabis plant and pine trees. Terpenes is sought after by pharmaceutical companies due to its medicinal effects and antibacterial qualities.
- Oregano additionally contains Rosmarinic acid, which is stronger than Vitamin E at preventing free radical damage, can boost cognitive functioning, and can event help prevent allergic asthma.
- A flavanoid which gives grapefruit its bitter-sweet taste while also preventing cancerous cell growth, Naringin is also present in oregano.
- In addition to the above, oil of oregano contains important trace minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, copper, boron, manganese, and potassium, and vitamins E, A, C, and niacin.
The power-packed nutrients in oregano oil can help with skin problems, gastrointestinal issues, menstrual cramps, and frequent urinary tract infections. It is know for its ability to destroy super bugs (MRSA) in hospitals, helps with osteoperosis and arteriosclerosis, and even causes apoptosis in prostate cancer cells.
Oregano Health Benefits
As reported in an earlier article by Mike Barrett, oregano health benefits include:
- Anti-histamine (to aid in allergy treatment)
- Soothes skin ailments
- Fights respiratory illness
- Treats lung and sinus congestion
- Soothes muscle aches and pains
- Lessens menstrual cramps
- Soothes upset stomach
- Immune booster
A power-packed herb to add to your meals or as a supplement, this wonderful spice truly can help keep you healthy and disease-free. Turkey is now the biggest exporter of this herb, but you can luckily find it in your local health food store, or you can grow your own.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.