In herbal science oregano, or otherwise recognized as wild marjoram, is a perennial plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family. It contains chemical substances like thymol, carvacrol, ocimene, pinene, limonene, and caryophyllene which offer its unique and pleasant odor.
This herb is widely used in the culinary world no matter if it is dry or fresh due to its unique flavor and its incredible health advantages. The properties of this herb have been widely recognized since ancient times.
Nutritional Values of Oregano
This plant is packed with fiber, calcium, niacin, manganese, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, magnesium, iron, lutein, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin.
Thanks to the presence of flavonoids like lutein, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin it can successfully neutralize the harmful effects of the free radicals. Plus, it shows an incredible antioxidant capacity even 42 times higher than apples.
The dried form of oregano provides a wide range of valuable components like borneol, rosmarinic acid, triterpenoids, which are ursolic acid and oleanolic acid, and as well as around 3% of essential oil.
This Mediterranean herb will offer the needed body detox and it can treat various health conditions.
The Use of Oregano for Health Purposes
In any form the oregano can offer plenty of health benefits no matter if it is fresh, dried, turned into an essential oil or consumed as tea or supplements.
- Oregano Infusion
You can enjoy the benefits of oregano by preparing an infusion. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons/ 5 to 10 grams of fresh or dried oregano into a cup of hot water. Let it soak for about 5 minutes, and after that consume it. For optimal effects, drink this tea up to three times a day.
If you consume it regularly you will manage to treat and soothe symptoms of chronic asthma, rheumatism, bronchitis, coughs, colds, sinusitis, and infections. This can be achieved thanks to the presence of compounds like thymol, carvacroland,and rosmarinic acid which reveal potent antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties.
As per a conducted research reviewed by the Department of Otolaryngology of the Medical Center of the Israel Institute of Technology, oregano can beneficially affect the respiratory tract, cough reflex and the air flow in the nasal passages.
Furthermore, this plant is the best fighter against inflammation due to the presence of an active ingredient known as beta-caryophylline (E-BCP), as per conducted study by the researchers at the University of Bonn and ETH Zurich. They have experimented on mice by administering E-BCP, and have come to the conclusion that the use of E-BCP helped 7 out of 10 mice to recover from an inflamed paw.
- Oregano in the Cooking Process
When used in cooking the oxidation is being reduced by 71%. It boosts the flavor of many dishes, and it can be easily added to various vegetables, eggs and vinaigrettes. However, probably, the best use while cooking is adding it to the meat before cooking, which helps in lowering the toxic compounds created while cooking.
As per study by the University of California in Los Angeles an antioxidantspice blend of oregano added on the meat prior cooking decreases malondialdehyde, and by 71% oxidation in meat and 49% in the urine of participants. The mixture that the researchers used was based on the spices likeginger, black pepper, paprika, cloves, cinnamon, oregano, rosemary, and garlic powder.
The consumption of oregano is not recommended for pregnant women. Plus, people who are on anticoagulanttherapy should avoid foods containing vitamin Kor to make sure to consume them moderately.
People who have issues with allergies should also avoid its use due to the linalool content, which is highly allergenic in sensitive areas.