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Why Oregano is most wanted in the market?

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Oregano in the pizza, in pasta, in dishes made by mothers, in pharmaceuticals, in supplements, everywhere. People think for a while, why oregano is used everywhere? It’s not only because of its excellent tastes but even for its healthy bits. Oregano is a Eurasian plant which is aromatic in nature bearing the scientific name Origanum vulgare. It is also known as Pot Marjoram. It is a perennial herb, a flowering plant in the mint family. O. majorana is known by a different name “sweet marjoram”. The word oregano is derived from Spanish, Latin, and Greek words that are oregano, origanum, and ὀρίγανον (orī́ganon) respectively. Most of you know this as a cooking ingredient, as a tea but, besides this there are many health benefits of oregano. Oregano is now one of the best dietary supplements.

Nutritional value: in dried oregano leaf 2gms [1]; It is always the nutrients which makes a food healthy and tasty as well.

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Few years has been a stagnant year for oregano products, but it has taken a gear up. The market of oregano oil, supplements, and varieties of products of oregano are expanding. Globally oregano has been acquiring the appreciation and now it has expanded all over the world. American, European, Chinese, Indian, African and many other companies from the whole world are dealing with oregano products. Just not in the field of pharmaceuticals it has expanded its usage and benefits in the fields of cosmetic and food, as supplements and beverages. People after knowing its enormous health benefits are interested to buy this more and more.

Health benefits which make oregano “wanted”:

The sweet little oregano can do amazing things. It supports the entire body system like the stomach, the heart, immunity etc. Unbelievable right? Read further to know this versatile oregano.

Power of antioxidants in oregano: Antioxidants are compounds that help to fight damage from harmful free radicals in the body. Free radicals can cause damages. It was found that the buildup of free radicals may lead to chronic diseases like heart attack and cancer disease [2][3]. Several studies have found that oregano essential oil and oregano are filled with antioxidant. The essential oil is especially high in carvacrol and thymol the two antioxidants that can help prevent damage to cells caused by free radicals [4]. It can enhance the antioxidative activity in combination with some veggies, fruits etc.

Enhances immunity: Losing your immunity, want to boost it then Oregano is the best for you. Free radicals are the destructive by-products of cellular metabolism that can lead to various chronic diseases [5]. Various studies revealed that oregano has 42 times more antioxidant properties than apples since it is rich in vitamin A and C. The antioxidants of oregano are rosmarinic acid and thymol, both of which are powerful compounds. Oregano can be an excellent source of dietary antioxidant too. Thus, adding oregano to your diet can improve your immune health and keep your body safe from some of the most dangerous and silent killers.

Anti-inflammatory properties: Inflammation is a normal immune response to an injury or illness. Chronic inflammation may lead to various dangerous diseases [6]. Oreganos are rich in antioxidants which helps in neutralizing the free radicals and alleviate inflammation.

Carvacrol in oregano has anti-inflammatory properties. An animal study revealed that carvacrol alleviated swelling in the mice by 57% [7].

Improves digestive health: Is indigestion ruining your plans sometimes? Don’t worry. Oregano is rich in fiber and these are beneficial for digestion as it adds bulk to our stool and stimulates peristaltic motion, which moves food through the digestive tract and excretes it efficiently [8]. Oregano despite, its small size has many benefits. Fiber, despite its small size, it can have a major impact on your digestive system. It is even a vital element of a healthy digestive system. Sugar levels are being maintained by the soluble fibers while insoluble fiber help maintains the smooth functioning of the gastric system.

Anti-bacterial properties: Oregano has potent anti-bacterial properties. Research has shown essential oils from oregano might help in destroying the foodborne pathogen listeria [9]. A test-tube study revealed that oregano had the efficient anti-microbial activity as compared to sage, thyme essential oils [10]. The anti-oxidants in oregano possess anti-bacterial activity which can act against a wide range of bacteria that is harmful for the body. Another test-tube study revealed that oregano essential oil helped block the growth of Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, two strains of bacteria that can cause infection [11].

Helps to detoxify the body: Oreganos are rich in manganese, iron, calcium, vitamin K, fiber, and many other organic compounds that help in detoxification. Researches have shown that oregano enhances the process of toxin elimination and can promote liver function [12]. Oregano the detoxifier is also an excellent supplement.

Promote bone health: Age factor alleviates the power and strength of bones so ensuring minerals and vitamins in our diet is important. Oregano contains a significant amount of minerals and vitamins which supports the bones. This might be helpful in the prevention of osteoporosis [13].

Word of caution: People sensitive to certain plants might show an allergic reaction but it’s rare. So, you can add this little powerhouse oregano into your diet.

 

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Author: Sonali Pradhan

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