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Oregano: A Wonderful Herb Besides A Great Tastemaker!

Oregano is a very bold herb with a potent flavor and it's nutritious too.

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| Contributor Content| UPDATED: December 11, 2017, 11:34 AM IST
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Oregano – a member of the mint family comes with health benefits too besides the great taste it lends to food. Oregano is easy to include in our daily diet in the form of salads, sandwiches, omelets, toasts, soups, pasta, pizza and more. Let us give you 6 reasons to make Oregano an indispensable part of your daily diet:

1. Antioxidants-Rich

Oregano is rich in antioxidants that control cellular damage caused by free radicals. Rosmarinic acid and thymol compounds in oregano reduce oxidative stress. By adding oregano to your food items, you are not just enhancing their taste but also doubling the antioxidants count to help you guard against cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

2. Antibacterial

Oregano has antibacterial properties. It is found potent against E-Coli amongst several other species of bacteria, thereby, keeping stomach infections caused by bacteria at bay.

3. Antiviral

In several test tube studies, carvacrol - a compound in Oregano has been found to be effective against viral infections that cause diarrhea, nausea and stomach pain.

4. Anti-inflammatory

Oregano has anti-inflammatory properties, while normal inflammation is our body’s defence mechanism, chronic inflammation paves way for complex health issues. Regular intake of Oregano can help our immune system fight inflammation in a natural way.

5. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Oregano is rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids that improve heart health by balancing our cholesterol levels. Heart health is crucial to avoid heart attacks and strokes!

6. Nutrient-Packed

Oregano is packed with nutrients like vitamin K, calcium, iron, manganese and fiber that boost our immunity and also detoxify our body. These nutrients are important for liver health too as they speedify toxin removal.
First Published: December 11, 2017, 10:27 AM IST
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