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Oregano is a warm, aromatic herb used widely in Italian, Greek, and Latin American cooking. It's closely related to marjoram, but it lacks marjoram's sweetness and has a stronger, more pungent flavor. It's readily available both fresh and dried. Fresh oregano has a milder, more delicate flavor, but both forms pair extremely well with tomato-based dishes, like pasta and pizza.
Turmeric has One of the Highest Antioxidants, it’s ORAC(Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity) is 175,295
Source: USDA Database for the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) of Selected Foods, Release 2 - Prepared by Nutrient Data Laboratory, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center (BHNRC), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - May 2010
Shelf Life and Storage
Dry oregano can be stored at room temperature in a cool, dark place and in airtight containers. Best if used within 18 months. Store in a dry location away from sunlight.
Health benefits of Oregano
Oregano contains impressive list of plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties.
The herb parts contain no cholesterol; but are rich source of dietary fiber which helps to control blood cholesterol levels.
Oregano contains many health benefiting essential oils such as carvacrol, thymol, limonene, pinene, ocimene, and caryophyllene. The leaves and flowering stems of the plant are strongly anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, cholagogue (help gall bladder secretion), diaphoretic (sweat production), expectorant, stimulant, and mildly tonic properties. Its decoction is taken by mouth for the treatment of colds, influenza, mild fevers, indigestion, stomach upsets and painful menstruation.
The herb is rich in poly-phenolic flavonoid anti-oxidants carotenes, lutein, zea-xanthin and cryptoxanthin) and has been rated as one of the plant source with highest anti-oxidant activities. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease process.
The active principles in the herb may increase the motility of the gastro-intestinal tract as well as increase the digestion power by increasing gastro-intestinal secretions.
This exotic herb is an excellent source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese and copper are used by the body as co-factors for the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase. Iron helps prevent anemia. Magnesium and calcium are important minerals for bone metabolism.
Fresh herb is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamin, vitamin-C. Vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
Thymol is also been found to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal activities.
Oregano is a proven super "functional food". This herb is one of the foundation bases of healthy Mediterranean diet in addition to olive oil, fish and lots of greens, herbs and vegetables.