While most of us think of oregano as a spice used in Italian food and on pizza, oregano touts many health benefits you may not know of.
Ready for the list of nutrients oregano contains? Here we go: vitamins A and C, niacin, manganese, boron, copper, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium and calcium. Not only that, but oregano has the highest antioxidant count of any herb, and four times as much as blueberries.
Oregano is also helpful as an antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, digestive aid, and joint health aid..
Oregano means “mountain joy” and is a wonderfully aromatic, flavorful herb popularly used in Spanish and Mediterranean cooking. Oregano also goes by the name marjoram (though it is not to be confused with sweet marjoram). Oregano adds depth and savor to any dish, but goes particularly well with tomatoes, eggplant, and any meat. Sprinkle some in your scrambled eggs or salad dressings, too.
Oregano is a rich natural source of vitamin K, an important vitamin that is often overlooked.
Did you know that oregano has anti-bacterial properties? You can find oregano oil in many specialty and health food shops for this very reason. Oregano contains thymol and carvacrol, two oils which have remarkable bacteria-fighting power. In fact, researchers recently discovered that oregano is a better treatment for giardia than the prescription drug commonly prescribed to treat the illness.
Thymol and an acid called rosmarinic are potent antioxidants that oregano offers. Ready for a surprise? Research shows that “…On a per gram fresh weight basis, oregano has demonstrated 42 times more antioxidant activity than apples, 30 times more than potatoes, 12 times more than oranges and 4 times more than blueberries.”
Oregano is high in iron, manganese, and other important minerals for health. It’s one of the healthiest and tastiest herbs you can try, so if you haven’t stopped reading yet to run out and buy some, scoot!
Oregano is rich in fiber (the amount is similar to chicory). Fiber is necessary to provide bulk for better elimination.
When buying oregano, it’s best to purchase fresh leaves instead of the dried variety. Yes, a little shakity-shake is easier and more convenient, but you also miss out on those beneficial anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant oils. Fresh oregano is pretty inexpensive. In fact, it’s very easy to grow yourself!
Oregano is a natural source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Does it get any better?