A delicious ingredient in Italian food, and particularly in pizza sauce, oregano is a well known herb, but it has a few less well-known properties they may just boost your health.
Oregano has been found to have antibacterial properties, as well as being effective against Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and methicillin-resistant S. aureus, (MRSA).
It may also be used to treat food in an effort to control bacterial growth by dipping produce in oregano oil emulsions.
Researchers from Aarhus University, Denmark are researching oregano’s use in reducing methane emissions from dairy cows.
The herb is thought to reduce emission by up to 25 percent by adding oregano to cow’s food, and previous studies indicate that oregano can improve the milk’s fatty acid composition.
The University of Calabria in Italy also recently undertook research confirming the herb’s antioxidant properties, and even found it showed selective anti-proliferative activity on hepatic cancer cells.
Oregano has also been found to posses strong anti-inflammatory characteristics, both in vitro and in vivo, by scientists at the University of Vienna in Austria researching traditional medicine.
The spice is also rich in fibre, iron, and calcium; however, you would need to need consume 62g of the herb a day to get your daily intake from oregano alone.