Oregano ranks near the top of the ORAC scale
A member of the mint family, oregano ranks near the top of the list when it comes to overall antioxidant content.
Seductively aromatic and bountiful in flavor, oregano is one of the most commonly used herbs in the world. But beyond the rich zest it adds to food, oregano is also a nutritional and medicinal powerhouse, regarded by many
as one of nature's perfect antibiotics. In fact, this amazing herb is loaded with so many antioxidants, vitamins and other beneficial compounds that it would be foolish not to consume it regularly for good health.
Many people in the natural health community are already aware of oil of oregano, which, like its name implies, is the oil derived from oregano. Particularly when harvested from wild varieties of oregano, this oil has been shown to
be a powerful antibiotic, antifungal, antiparasitic, antiviral, antihistamine and yeast-inhibiting medicine unlike anything ever concocted in a pharmaceutical laboratory. And yet this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of oregano.
Oregano contains at least four compounds that soothe coughs and 19 chemicals with antibacterial action that may help reduce body odor, The ingredients in oregano that soothe coughs may also help the digestive tract, making
oregano a digestive aid."
Oregano can help prevent a host of illnesses, including metabolic syndrome and cancer
active compounds that target dirty colons, chronic inflammation, osteoporosis, allergies, chronic fatigue and headaches without triggering any harmful side effects.
It targets cancer by specifically triggering
cell cycle arrest and apoptosis, which is another way of saying cancer cell suicide. In other words, consuming oregano can help the body get rid of malignant cancer cells, while at the same time protecting healthy cells. Fresh oregano which is superior in
flavour should be chosen whenever possible, over the dried form.
These same compounds can also help prevent oxidative damage in cells, effectively protecting the body against chronic illness. Individuals with high
blood pressure, high cholesterol and various other markers of metabolic syndrome or heart disease, for instance, stand to gain substantially from the inclusion of more oregano in their diets.