Oregano is a famous culinary as well as medicinal herb that has been employed in medicine and cooking since ancient times. It is a variety of Origanum and is part of the mint family (lamiaceae). Americans know it well as a pizza topping. The herb is native to southwest Eurasia as well as the Mediterranean region. It is added to meat dishes, pasta, soups, curries and salads to name a few.
We take a look at some of the health benefits of the herb.
- Good for cholesterol patients
The herb contains no cholesterol. It contains a large amount of dietary fibre which helps to control blood cholesterol levels.
- Helps digestion
As many know good health starts in the gut. Good digestion is pivotal to ensuring good health. Instead of cleaning out the digestive tract, preventing toxin build up is a far better option. Oregano oil helps clean the entire digestive system. The former promotes the flow of bile into the digestive organs boosting the digestive process. Oregano eliminates gas in the stomach and soothes upset stomachs.
- Potent against respiratory ailments
Dry oregano when consumed plays the role of a health tonic. It helps in the treatment of colds, influenza as well as mild fevers.
- Effective against allergies
Ingestion of diluted oregano oil helps combat as well as cure allergies.
- Fights against cancer
Scientific studies have found that oregano fights cancer by causing cell cycle arrest as well as boosts apoptosis (cancer cells destroy themselves). Substances present in the herb slows down or halts the progression of breast cancer a leading kind of cancer among women.
- Boosts immunity
Consuming this herb can significantly enhance immune health and protect the body from dangerous as well silent killer diseases. Oregano contains thymol as well as rosmarinic acid both of which are potent antioxidants. The latter destroy free radicals a major cause of many chronic ailments.
If you have experienced any other benefits of including this herb in your diet, please share them with us so that others may benefit.