oregano

Did you know that….

Oregano is rich in a host of nutrients; including calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin A and niacin. Oregano also seems to be the herb with the highest antioxidant activity. According to a study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry,  oregano has forty-two times more antioxidant activity than apples, thirty times more than potatoes, twelve times more than oranges, and four times more than blueberries! The essential oil from this plant contains thymol and carvacrol, both compounds that have antifungal, antibacterial, and antiparasetic properties. It also contains a powerful compound called rosmarinic acid, which has been found to have antimutagenic  and anticarcinogenic properties. Traditionally this herb’s oil has been used as a digestive aid and, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, to support joint function.

-Bowden, Jonny. The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth. Fair Winds Press

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