What is Carvacrol ?

Carvacrol is a chemical that is found in many plants and herbs, for example, wild bergamot and thyme, but its largest concentration is discovered in oregano. The substance leaves a warm feeling on the tongue and has a slightly spicy flavor. In addition to the specific taste, it has numerous health benefits.
The substance can inhibit the growth and kill a large number of known pathogens that produce harmful toxins in the intestine. Some of these pathogens cause gastroenteritis, renal failure, and enteritis. Carvacrol inhibits their action by disrupting the integrity of the cell membrane of bacteria. Just a little amount can balance the functions of the digestive system and strengthen the immune system. What is particularly interesting, carvacrol has a very minimal effect on the probiotic species of bacteria found in the intestines.
Carvacrol is a powerful antiseptic but it should be used with care. Because of its activity, it may create an irritating effect, therefore use carvacrol-containing essential oils moderately (for example, oregano cannot be used longer than a week), use only in diluted state, never exceed the dosage, do not give it to children, avoid it during pregnancy (especially the first 6 months), epilepsy, stroke, coronary heart disease and problems with blood pressure.
Numerous studies have proved that carvacrol can suppress the enzyme COX-2 (same as curcuminoids available in turmeric), which activates the development of all kinds of inflammations. Although acute inflammation is an immune response that stimulates healing, as a rule, chronic inflammation precedes many diseases associated with oncology, intestinal discomfort, or poor healing of the joints.
There are no known data on the toxic hazard of carvacrol. Its use by people for hundreds of years suggests that such toxic effects do not exist. Studies have also shown that the substance is metabolized and excreted from the body within 24 hours after consumption. This says that there is a very small risk of causing any potential harm.
Carvacrol content can vary from 5–90% in oregano oil. The wide variety of content does not allow to accurately calculate how much oregano must be consumed for an effective dose.
But even small doses will be effective. Each small portion of nutrients helps to promote body health. Studies have proven the effectiveness of carvacrol for the digestive system, the establishment of microflora balance, reducing inflammation and protection against cancer. A large amount of carvacrol is difficult to use in doses that are recommended for a clinically significant effect. A small amount can be obtained by adding a little oregano to the food, which will certainly contribute to the improvement of the body.

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