Cretan Oregano(Origanum vulgare) In antiquity, Hippocrates used oregano to treat respiratory diseases and as an important tonic, diuretic and stimulant. Even Aristotle observed that turtles after swallowing a snake ate oregano. This led to the conclusion that protects the body from the poison.
Rich in vitamin C, fibers, iron and b-carotene. Today, oregano is used mainly in cooking and traditional dishes of the Mediterranean diet (it isessential in Greek and Italian cuisine), but its properties are most important in the homeopathic treatment for many diseases.
There are also benefits to the human body through the use of oregano. It gives a flavor to
foods. With the use of oregano we can prevent abuse of salt which may cause problems in the body, such as hypertension and atherosclerosis.
It should not be neglected, the presence of nisin underside oregano, which is a natural food preservative. The capacity of nisin in combination with the antimicrobial and antifungal activity of the other ingredients of the oregano, making the use of this herb as a food preservative.
It is clear therefore that oregano is a great spice that gives flavor to food, and acts as an ally for the good health of the human body.
~ It contains plenty of essential oils such as thymol and carvacrol, ursolic acid, nisin, beta-carotene, iron and is a rich source of fiber. The above components are beneficial to the human body:
~ It has a strong antimicrobial activity, even in pathogens such as Salmonella Enteritidis and Escherichia coli
~ Intense antifungal activity particularly against fungi that cause pathogenesis
~ It has strong antioxidant properties thus plays a protective role against many cancers such as breast cancer, colon cancer and lung cancer.
~ It has a protective effect against Alzheimer's Disease
~ Helps maintain the proper functioning of the prostate
~ It is a source of iron and thus may help to prevent iron deficiency anemia in vulnerable groups
~ The beta-carotene is a precursor of vitamin A (pro-vitamin A) that a human body converts into vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for night vision, the right bone composition and has antioxidant activity.
~ Contains fiber which help proper bowel function.