Traditionally oregano has been utilized because of its powerful healing characteristics and its wide range of health advantages. It contains amazing properties like antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory.
Nutritional Values of Oregano
This herb has in its content plenty of vitamins like A,C, E, and K, manganese, magnesium, iron, folate, fiber, niacin, zeaxanthin, carotenoids, lutein, and cryptoxanthin. It is known for its great detoxifying properties which makes it highly beneficial for the treatment of many conditions like the balancing of the hormones.
Oregano takes the highest antioxidant activity ratings being listed at 175,925 for oxygen radical absorbance capacity or ORAC value. In fact, its antioxidant values are more than 42 times than the punch of apples.
Furthermore, dried oregano has in its content numerous compounds like volatile essential oil, rosmarinic acid, borneol, and triterpenoids, meaning oleanolic and ursolic acid.
Oregano in Cooking – Lowered Oxidation by 71%
Oregano has wide range of uses and due to its aromatic flavor it goes well with many foods like eggs, veggies, and salad dressings. We advise you to add it to the meat prior cooking because it can minimize the toxic compounds formed during the cooking process.
Including a blend of antioxidant-rich spices to meat before cooking lowers the oxidation in the meat by 71 percent and the level in participant`s urine by 49%, these result were revealed by previously conducted study. The blend which was used was consisted of garlic powder, oregano, cloves, paprika, black pepper, ginger, rosemary, and cinnamon.
Use of Oregano for Medical Benefits
Oregano offers wide range of medicinal advantages and because of that it is used in various forms, fresh or dried, taken as tablets or in its oil form.
The most common way of consuming oregano for the purpose of health benefits is in a form of tea. The dosage for this tea is 5 to10 grams or 1to 2 teaspoons of oregano steeped into a cup of hot water for a few minutes. For optimal effects, consume three cups of this tea a day.
It can be used topically to treat fungal based condition or it can be taken in its oil form or in a form of tablets or capsules. Coated tablets disintegrate in the intestines, and oregano capsules and tablets disintegrate in the stomach.
Oregano and Its Anticancer Properties
Oregano is a great source of antioxidants; in fact 1 teaspoon of this spice equals two cups of red grapes when antioxidant activity is concerned.
This spice contains a powerful anti-cancer agent called carvacrol which is particularly beneficial in the case of prostate cancer, according to a released study in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
According to the lead investigator Supriya Bavadekar, assistant professor of Pharmacology at Long Island University’s Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, quoting:
“Oregano has been studied quite a bit. There are so many beneficial effects such as antibacterial properties and anti-inflammatory properties. There is also some literature that shows this compound has some effects against breast cancer and other cancer cells.”
Health Advantages of Oregano
- Acid reflux (heartburn)
- Digestive disorder
- Heart conditions
- Intestinal parasites
- Menstrual cramps
- Muscle pain
- Repelling insects
- Urinary tract infections (UTI)
Use of Oregano for Maximum Benefits
Consuming oregano tea on regular basis will help you in healing cough and cold, bronchitis, chronic asthma, infections, rheumatism, sinusitis, and many more.
- 4 to 6 tablespoons of dried oregano leaves
- 2 to 3 cups of water
- A slice of organic lemon to increase absorption (optional)
- Organic raw honey to taste (optional)
Start with pouring the water in a small pot. Place it on heat and remove it when boiled. Next, add the oregano leaves and leave it to steep for a few minutes. Then strain the solution from the leaves, add the lemon and honey at your own preference. For optimal effects, sip the beverage warm during the day.
Oregano Leaves in Cooking
This herb is extremely versatile and because of that it goes well in many dishes, but most specifically in tomato-based dishes such as pizza, spaghetti bolognaise, and chili.
Additional Cooking Tips
- Always include the oregano leaves at the end of the cooking process in order not to lose its flavor.
- Add little bit of the herb in the meal because too much oregano can make your meal bitter.
- Before you add the dried oregano leaves into cooking, crush them into your palm to release their essential oils.
- 1 teaspoon of dried oregano leaves equals 1tablespoon of fresh oregano leaves.
Oregano Oil as a Natural Antibiotic
This oil is one of the most powerful antibiotics as it can fight off many infections, specifically Candida infections. It can be used in different ways very much depending on the health issue:
- Athlete’s foot – for the treatment of this issue apply it topically.
- Nail fungus – treat this condition by soaking the feet in a basin of water with a few teaspoons of oil included in it, or just rub the diluted oil on your nails and skin.
- Sinus infections or colds – place a few drops of oregano oil in a pot of steaming water and inhale the steam.
- Infections or parasites–to treat these conditions dilute the oregano oil with carrier oil and put it under the tongue. Keep it for a few minutes to act before rinsing it off.
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