Oregano Herb - 100 gms
Oregano herb, can be used in your cooking and therapeutically as well. Widely used as seasoning on pizzas and lot many mediterranean foods. Sometimes it is called Pizza Spice. Oregano contains vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6, calcium, and potassium.
Oregano's warm, aromatic flavor works well with many foods (not just Italian). Try adding it to your salad dressings, vegetables, or eggs, for starters. Beyond this, one of the best uses for oregano in your cooking is adding it to meat prior to cooking, which may help reduce the toxic compounds created during the cooking process.
One study found that adding an antioxidant-rich spice blend that included oregano to meat prior to cooking reduced the level of malondialdehyde (a chemical marker for oxidation) in the meat by 71 percent and levels in participants' urine by 49 percent.14The researchers used a blend of: Cloves, Cinnamon, Oregano, Rosemary, Ginger, Black Pepper, paprika and Garlic Powder.
Health benefits of Oregano:
1. Antibacterial properties: Oregano contains a compound called carvacrol, which has antimicrobial properties. The herb has shown antimicrobial activity in a number of studies. Rich in essential oils such as carvacrol, thymol, limonene, pinene, ocimene and caryophyllene, the leaves and flowering stems of oregano have strong antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, cholagogues (aids in gall bladder secretions), diaphoretic (sweat production), expectorant and stimulant properties. It aids in the treatment of colds, mild fevers, influenza, indigestion, stomach upsets and painful menstruation symptoms.
2. Aids in Digestion: Oregano is rich in fiber, which have a major impact on your digestive system. Fiber is an essential element of a healthy digestive system, as it can increase the bulk of your stool and stimulate peristaltic motion, which moves food through the digestive tract and excretes it efficiently. Also, fiber helps maintain the health of the gut and increases nutrient uptake, so the food you eat does more for you.
3. Protecting against cancer: Research published in the journal PLoS ONE in 2013 suggested that oregano exhibits anticancer activity. The scientists concluded that Origanum majorana could help prevent and treat breast cancer by slowing or preventing its progression. In 2014, food scientists discovered that the popular culinary herb oregano, contains compounds that may have the potential to manage type 2 diabetes in a similar way to some currently prescribed drugs.
4. Detoxifies the Body: Oregano, with a high content of manganese, calcium, iron, vitamin K, fiber, and a wide range of other organic compounds, makes it an ideal herb for detoxifying the body. Research has shown that oregano can help liver function and speed up the process of toxin elimination.
Oregano contains some important nutrients.
One teaspoon of dried oregano contains:
- energy: 5 calories
- fiber: 0.8 grams (g)
- calcium: 29 milligrams (mg)
- iron: 0.66 mg
- magnesium: 5 g
- manganese: 0.09 mg
- potassium: 23 mg
- vitamin E: 0.33 mg
- vitamin K: 11.2 micrograms (mcg)