Oregano is well known for enhancing taste and mainly used in continental food such as pasta, pizza. It is used in traditional medicines for various ailments like asthma, cramping, diarrhoea, and indigestion.
Its consumption is worldwide, and in Greece, an oregano infusion is still used as a remedy against colds and upset stomach and to maintain general health.
Rich in antioxidants
Oregano is a potent antioxidant and offers various benefits for cardiovascular and nervous systems, helps relieve symptoms of inflammation, and modulate blood sugar & lipid levels.
It also helps in neutralising free radicals.
Help fight bacteria
Oregano and some of the constituents as per studies may help suppress microbes which cause food spoilage or contribute to disease.
Both the essential oil and oregano extracts help suppress the growth of bacteria. In a short term study, the use of oregano oil with a concentration of 600 mg helped decrease the occurrence of parasites. The components carvacrol and thymol, also have antimicrobial actions.
Effect on inflammation and immunity
Oregano extracts might help suppress inflammation, which is the root cause of various diseases and disorders and also works on increasing immunity.
Oregano is packed with fibre, eating it regularly may help boost digestive health as it relieves constipation, keep sugar levels under control and maintain the smooth functioning of the gastric system. Happy gut empowers good health.
May boost energy levels
It has iron and might help improve blood circulation if taken consistently in diet and enhance energy levels by oxygenating you better.
Ways to include oregano in your diet
- Dried oregano can be sprinkled over your pasta, pizza and even soups.
- It can be infused in herbal teas
- Fresh oregano can also be added in vegetable stews for aroma and flavour.
- Early morning oregano infused water helps relieve bloating and gastric issues.
So, these are some of the reasons to add this excellent herb to your diet for not just the amazing flavour but healthy living!