Oregano Nutrition Facts& Health Benefits

Oregano is a plant from the mint family, this plant has very typical aroma and taste. Oregano leaves contains nutrition such as iron, manganese and vitamin A. Therefore, consumption of fresh oregano leaves on a regular basis can help boost the immune system. Based from oregano nutrition, there are a lot of health benefits that we can get.

In addition, the benefits of oregano has also long been known as an herb that is rich in antioxidants, may even be able to kill prostate cancer cells. A new study published in the Federation of American Society of Experimental Biology highlights one of the major components of oregano called carvacrol, which is touted to fight cancer cells. This is the first study to specifically study the effects of carvacrol on prostate cancer.

Oreganois one of the most important seasoning for Turkish cuisine, Greek, Spanish, and Italian. Generally, the oregano leaves are used for fragrance seasoning, because the rich aroma. The shape is similar to the basil. Tend bitter taste, has a warm aroma. Different from most herbs leaf, oregano produces better aroma when it's in powder form, therefore, in the market, many are sold dried.

Oregano nutrition facts

Dried leaves of Oregano herb (Origanum vulgare) Nutritive value per 100 g.
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 306 Kcal 15%
Carbohydrates 64.43 g 49%
Protein 11 g 19.5%
Total Fat 10.25 g 34%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 42.8 g 107%
Folates 274 µg 69%
Niacin 6.22 mg 39%
Pantothenic acid 0.921 mg 17%
Pyridoxine 1.210 mg 93%
Riboflavin 0.320 mg 24.5%
Thiamin 0.341 mg 28%
Vitamin A 6903 IU 230%
Vitamin C 50 mg 83%
Vitamin E 18.86 mg 126%
Vitamin K 621.7 µg 518%
Sodium 15 mg 1%
Potassium 1669 mg 35.5%
Calcium 1576 mg 158%
Copper 0.943 mg 105%
Iron 44 mg 550%
Magnesium 270 mg 67.5%
Manganese 4.667 mg 203%
Zinc 4.43 mg 40%
Carotene-ß 4112 µg --
Crypto-xanthin-ß 11 µg --
Lutein-zeaxanthin 862 µg --

Oregano health benefits

  1. Despite having a bitter taste tend, oregano is a good source for fulfillment iron and vitamin A. 
  2. Oregano regularly consumption can help boost the immune system. 
  3. Thymol and carvacol compounds in oregano beneficial in aiding digestion and treating stomach disorders.
  4. When menstruation, munching a few leaves of fresh oregano can help relieve pain and cramps in the stomach and hips. 
  5. Oil content in the leaves of fresh oregano contains antibacterial and antiviral properties, making it useful for treating skin infections. 
  6. Oregano also has properties that can soothe and help the body during sleep.
  7. Oregano leaves that have a fragrant aroma is also rich in thymol which has powerful  functions as antiseptic.
  8. Carvacrol and thymol compounds in oregano can help eliminate mucus in the lungs and spasms in the throat
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Writen by: Fame Nikita - Saturday, April 27, 2013

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