Health Benefits of Oregano
Oregano contains an impressive list of plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties.
- The herb parts contain no cholesterol; however, are a rich source of dietary fibre, which helps control blood pressure.
- Oregano contains health benefiting essential oils, such as; carvacrol, thymol, limonene,pinene, ocimene, and caryophyllene. The leaves and flowering stem of the plant are strongly anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, carminiativ, cholagogue (help gall bladder secretion), diaphoretic (sweat production), expectorant, stimulant, and mildly tonic properties. Its decoction is taken by mouth for the treatment of colds, influenza, mild fevers, indigestion, stomach upsets, and painful menstruation conditions.
- Thymol is also found to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal activities.
- Oregano is rich in poly-phenolic flavonoid anti-oxidants (vitamin A, carotenes, lutein, zea-xanthin, and cryptoxanthin) and has been rated as one of the plant sources with the highest ant-oxidant activities. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
- The active principles in oregano may improve the gut motility in addition to increasing digestion power by facilitating copius gastro-intestinal enzyme secretions.
- This marvelous herb is an excellent source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help control heart rate and blood pressure caused by high sodium. Manganese and copper are used by the body as co-factors for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron helps prevent anemia. Magnesium and calcium are important minerals for bone metabolism.
- In addition, oregano is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamin; vitamin C. Vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
Source: Medical News Today – What are the health benefits of oregano? ; Originally Published – September 21, 2013.
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