Oregano: the mountain of joy on taste buds

Author : Dr. Dhrubo Jyoti Sen

Oregano is a wonderful herb, both to use in cooking and to use therapeutically as needed. Its name means mountain joy and oregano was revered as a symbol of happiness by the ancient Greeks and Romans. This is why drawings often depict brides and grooms of the time crowned with a laurel of oregano, which was a widespread tradition. Although oregano is popular in Mediterranean cuisine, in the US, it's often associated primarily with a pizza spice. This does this medicinal herb a great disservice, since today we know that oregano contains vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6, calcium and potassium. Additionally, oregano, which is sometimes called wild marjoram in Europe and is closely related to the herb sweet marjoram, contains potent phytochemicals that provide potential health benefits. The Top 5 Health Benefits of Oregano: 1. Antioxidants for Immune System Support 2. Antifungal, Antibacterial and May Even Kill MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) 3. Anti-inflammatory Properties 4. Useful for Upper Respiratory Infections 5. Cancer-Fighting Effects

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