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Oregano Health Benefits

Oregano has the highest antioxidant content of all the herbs, as well as being a source of vitamin K, manganese, iron, calcium, fiber, vitamin E, and other beneficial nutrients. Oregano also has anti-inflammatory properties, which means that it may be beneficial for those with inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.

Although oregano is a nutritional powerhouse, consumers should be wary of inflated or false claims. For example, a company in Canada got into trouble recently for claiming that oregano supplements were a proven treatment for whooping cough and encouraging people to forgo the vaccine in favor of the company’s remedy. Oregano has historically been used as a home remedy for bronchitis, indigestion, arthritis, headaches, asthma, and many other conditions, but WebMD cautions that there is insufficient evidence for any of these uses and more research is needed to draw any conclusions.

There is little evidence to support using oregano as medicine to treat specific complaints, but it may help to protect against cancer, heart disease, and other serious health problems due to its high antioxidant content. Therefore, it can be considered a healthful addition to any meal.

Oregano is a versatile herb that can improve many dishes. It is commonly used on pizzas and sautéed vegetables such as mushrooms and onions, as well as in frittatas and omelettes, salad dressings, pasta sauces, and infused oils.

Dry oregano is best stored in an airtight glass container in a dry, cool, dark place. In ideal storage conditions, it will last for about six months. Store fresh oregano in the fridge, preferably wrapped in a damp paper towel. Oregano can be frozen (chopped or whole) in an airtight container or in ice cube trays. When using the latter method, add oregano to the trays and cover it with stock or water. When you want to use it, you simply drop the oregano ice cube into a soup, stew, or other heated dish.


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