General

Oregano: Health benefits, uses, and side effects

Oregano is a culinary and medicinal herb from the mint, or Lamiaceae family. It has been used in medicine and cooking for thousands of years. It adds flavor, and it may have a number of health benefits.

The name of the herb comes from the Greek words “oros,” meaning mountain, and “ganos,” meaning joy. It typically grows around 50 cm tall and has purple leaves around 2 to 3 centimeters in length.

The chemicals that give the herb its unique and pleasant smell are thymol, pinene, limonene, carvacrol, ocimene, and caryophyllene.

It is believed to contain potent antioxidants and to have anti-bacterial properties.

Fast facts on oregano:

Here are some key points about oregano. More detail is in the main article.

  • Oregano is a Mediterranean herb that is used for cooking and medicinal purposes, ranging from treating infections to repelling insects.
  • Active ingredients in oregano could one day help treat osteoporosiscancer, and diabetes.
  • Use it to flavor sauces, make herby bread rolls, and in marinades for meat.
  • People with an allergy to mintshould take care when consuming oregano.

 

Nutritional content

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
  • vitaminE: 0.33 mg
  • vitamin K: 11.2 micrograms (mcg)

Vitamin K is important for bone growth, maintaining bone density, and the production of blood clotting proteins. Calcium is necessary for the formation of bones and teeth.

Oregano is also a rich source of dietary antioxidants, which help protect cells against the effects of free radicals and improve the body’s ability to fight infection.

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